Everything You Need to Know About Attending Shreveport’s Largest Mardi Gras Parade Weekend
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Krewe of Gemini celebrates their 31st parade this Saturday, Feb. 22 with an earlier start time of 3:30 p.m. Traditionally, Krewe of Gemini generates the largest parade attendance in Shreveport-Bossier, which contributes to a substantial economic impact to the community. This parade begins at Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street, follows Clyde Fant Parkway south and rolls through the Broadmoor neighborhood. Parade attendees can catch limitless beads, trinkets, toys, cups and more from the masked revelers riding the floats. Last year, the Krewe of Gemini Parade generated an approximate attendance of 127,000 paradegoers, which produced a generous portion of the overall $22 million economic impact of Mardi Gras celebrations in Shreveport-Bossier.
“This year’s theme is vacation,” said Chris Stansell, captain of Krewe of Gemini. “Our floats will be decorated in all things vacation, including things to do on vacation as well as places to go. Since we all love vacations, we decided to blend the idea of a Mardi Gras getaway in Shreveport-Bossier.”
Parade attendees can experience themed floats that represent popular vacation destinations such as Hawaii, New York City, Mexico and more. Float riders will throw all of your favorite, customary Mardi Gras charms. However if you want a memorable, up-close experience with the Krewe of Gemini plan to attend their annual Float-Loading Party, Friday, Feb. 21 at the Krewe of Gemini Den, located at 2101 East Texas Street in Bossier City from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Float-Loading Party gives visitors and residents the chance to enjoy music and food vendors with krewe royalty while viewing the floats up close and personal. Polystones, a significant, fragile Mardi Gras bead, will be handed to partygoers through the night. Attendees can also take advantage of bottomless beer cups, which is a 16-ounce plastic cup that has unlimited refills. Bottomless beer cups are $10. Admission to the Float-Loading Party is free. Food and drink are available for purchase.
For more parade tips, parade routes, Mardi Gras-inspired eats and other need-to-know information, download the 2020 Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier, or visit www.ShreveportMardiGras.com.