Carnival celebrations in Shreveport, Ruston and Monroe emphasize family fun, with plenty of food, music, parades and activities—the kind of entertainment that makes events in this area anything but average. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is February 13, 2018!
Get ready to catch parade throws (aka beads or other trinkets tossed from the floats) in the seas of people waving their arms and shouting, "Throw me something, mister!"
Over the course of two weekends, parades by Carnival organizations called Krewes attract as many as 400,000 visitors. The parades are so successful that in 2005 the American Bus Association named Shreveport's Krewe of Centaur parade one of the Top 100 Events in North America.
2018 Shreveport Mardi Gras Parades:
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 4:30 p.m.; Krewe of Centaur parade in Downtown Shreveport
Sunday February 4, 2018, noon: Krewe of Barkus and Meoux pet parade, Reeves Marine Center
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 4 p.m.: Krewe of Gemini parade, Downtown Shreveport
Sunday, February 11, 2018; 2 p.m.: Krewe of Highland parade, Highland Neighborhood
You’ll have so much fun at our Mardi Gras festivals, you won’t want them to end. Come on and get in on the Mardi Gras fun! See the full Mardi Gras schedule.
Mardi Gras 2018 Parades in Monroe-West Monroe:
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10 a.m.: Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown, West Monroe/Monroe
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 1:30 p.m.: Krewe of Paws Mardi Gras Pet Parade, Antique Alley, West Monroe
For more about Mardi Gras in Monroe-West Monroe, visit the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.
2018 Parade Schedules in Ruston:
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: Band of Pride at Mardi Gras Parade Shreveport
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