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Mardi Gras krewes, City of Shreveport negotiating logistics of 2022 season

Talks include who will provide security for the parades and who will pick up the tab
Preparations are underway for the 2022 Mardi Gras season in Shreveport. Twelfth Night is Jan....
Preparations are underway for the 2022 Mardi Gras season in Shreveport. Twelfth Night is Jan. 6. The first of the parades will roll Jan. 21. And Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday falls on March 1.
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:18 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 5:59 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Preparations are underway for the 2022 Mardi Gras season in Shreveport.

Organizers hope to have the usual schedule of parades, parties, and balls if they meet an agreement with the City of Shreveport.

On Facebook, the Krewe of Centaur released a statement regarding 2022 Mardi Gras:

“Centaur and Gemini Officials began addressing the topic of Mardi Gras parades with the City of Shreveport in April this year. A ten year contract with each Krewe and the City of Shreveport ended at what would have been the conclusion of the 2021 parades. Renegotiating parade contracts were already in order, despite the absence of parades in 2021. Due to the unforeseen COVID 19 surge in late 2020, a decision to cancel the 2021 parades was declared by the City of Shreveport. Centaur and Gemini recognized the potential risk concerning the pandemic, agreeing the safety for all involved outweighed risks taken by hosting such large events. Therefore, the last year of the ten year contract with the City of Shreveport was not fulfilled.”

Mayor Adrian Perkins said although a final decision has not been made yet, he’s confident Shreveport will have Mardi Gras in 2022 if an agreement is made.

“We’ve been negotiating in good faith, and I’m excited about Mardi Gras season. So, we’re going to make sure we have Mardi Gras season and everybody is happy at the end of the day. But we have to do it responsibly and that might require some changes going forward,” Perkins said.

He said one of the problems delaying the decision process is who will cover the cost of parade security. In previous years, Perkins said the city covered all parade security costs, but he said he thinks krewes should help with the costs.

“We have been in negotiations to solve two problem, one is the financial problem. People know that Mardi Gras is huge around here it brings in a bunch of tax dollars. The problem with it is all that all those tax dollars go to the parish, go to the school board, go to the sheriff’s office. you name it,” Perkins added.

“The City of Shreveport were the only ones that fits the bill for the parade. We know that’s not fair or sustainable to city. So, we’re talking to the krewes to try to get them to help us out,” Perkins said.

Some krewes discussed moving their parades to Bossier City. However, in a statement, Bossier Mayor Tommy Chandler said next year would not be the right time.

After much deliberation and discussion, the administration and City Council agree that it is not in the best interest of the citizens of Bossier City to host Mardi Gras parades in 2022. Given the time constraints, public safety and budgetary concerns could not be adequately addressed. Talks were left open for future seasons. The City of Bossier appreciates the Krewes’ understanding and look forward to future discussions.”

Perkins said he hopes that both the city and krewes will reach an agreement for 2022 Mardi Gras.

KEY DATES

⚜️ Twelfth Night: Jan. 6

⚜️ Krewe of Sobek parade: Friday, Jan. 21

⚜️ Krewe of Harambee/MLK Day parade: Monday, Jan. 17

⚜️ Krewe of Centaur float-loading party: Friday, Feb. 18

⚜️ Krewe of Centaur parade: Saturday, Feb. 19

⚜️ Krewe of Barkus and Meoux parade: Sunday, Feb. 20

⚜️ Krewe of Gemini float-loading party: Friday, Feb. 25

⚜️ Krewe of Gemini parade: Saturday, Feb. 26

⚜️ Krewe of Highland parade: Sunday, Feb. 27

⚜️ Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday: March 1

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