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Mardi gras parades in north/central louisiana
A "little mister" is giving out "throws" at a Mardi Gras parade in Alexandria.

Carnival organizations, known as "krewes," stage parades, balls, parties and many family-oriented events in communities from Shreveport-Bossier to Alexandria and Natchitoches. Here is a schedule of parades slated during the 2016 Carnival season. Check the individual websites for information about the many other related events scheduled in each city.

Get Mardi Gras 2016 parade schedule from around the state.

Mardi Gras 2016 Parades in Alexandria:

Fri., Feb. 5, 4:30 p.m.: Hixson Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders Parade, Downtown

Sat., Feb. 6, 10:00 a.m.: AMGA 20th Annual Children's Parade, Downtown

Sun., Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m.: AMGA 23rd Annual Krewes Parade, Texas Ave.-Alexandria Mall

For more about Mardi Gras in Alexandria, visit the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association.

Mardi Gras 2016 Parades in Natchitoches:

Sat., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.: Krewe of Dionysus Parade 

For more about Mardi Gras in Natchitoches, visit the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Mardi Gras 2016 Parades in Monroe-West Monroe:

Sat., Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.: Children's Mardi Gras Parade, Pecanland Mall's Center Court. 

Sat., Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m.: Krewe of Paws Mardi Gras Pet Parade, Antique Alley, West Monroe

Sat., Jan. 30, 6 p.m.: Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown, West Monroe/Monroe

For more about Mardi Gras in Monroe-West Monroe, visit the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mardi Gras 2016 Parades in Shreveport:

Sat., Jan. 30, 4:30 p.m.: Krewe of Centaur Parade

Sun., Jan. 31, 1:00 p.m.: Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

Sat., Feb. 6, 4:00 p.m.: Krewe of Gemini Parade

Sun., Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m.: Krewe of Highland Parade

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