The annual Twelfth Night celebration is the official start of Mardi Gras. It's a big shindig hosted by the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Gemini
The bash brings fifteen local krewes together at the Bossier Civic Center this Saturday.
The public is welcome to come and tickets are $40.00. The party starts at 6:30 P.M. and ends at midnight. Wear your favorite beads, feathers and all things purple, green and gold.
The first parade rolls in just a few weeks. The Krewe of Sobek will celebrate their tenth anniversary on Saturday, January 19th at 1 P.M. Their route through the Queensborough neighborhood is a family-friendly affair. They'll start and end their parade route at the fairgrounds.
Two days later, the Krewe of Harambee celebrates Martin Luther King, Junior day with their parade on Monday, January 21st. The parade rolls at 1 P.M. from the Municipal Auditorium. This year's theme is "Coming to America 2". This parade features high school and college bands, dance teams and other local organizations.
Texarkana also wants a piece of the Mardi Gras action this year. The first annual Mardi Gras on Front Street will roll Saturday, February ninth at 4 P.M. They plan to have lots of live music and street dancing.
As far as the two biggest parades in Shreveport, the Krewe of Centaur rolls on Saturday, February 2nd at 4:30 P.M. Their theme this year: "Festivals around the world". The route will be reversed back this year. It will start downtown, at the intersection of Clyde Fant and Lake St. Then, roll southbound to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway.
The Krewe of Gemini rolls one week later on Saturday, February ninth at 5 P.M. This year's theme: "Gemini loves Television".
The parade starts near Sci-Port on Clyde Fant, and follows Centaur's route, ending just north of Preston.