Carnival celebrations in Shreveport, Monroe and Ruston 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 25, 2020!
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.
2020 Shreveport Mardi Gras Parades:
Sunday February 9 - Krewe of Barkus and Meoux pet parade, Reeves Marine Center, noon
Saturday, February 15 - Krewe of Centaur parade in Downtown Shreveport, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 - Krewe of Gemini parade, Downtown Shreveport, 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 23 - Krewe of Highland parade, Highland Neighborhood, 2 p.m.
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 2020 Parades in Monroe-West Monroe:
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m.: Krewe of Riviere Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown, West Monroe/Monroe
Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m.: Krewe of Janus Children's Parade, Pecanland Mall, Monroe
Saturday, February 15, 1 p.m.: Krewe of Paws Mardi Gras Pet Parade, Antique Alley, West Monroe
Saturday, February 15, 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 2020 Parades in Ruston:
Saturday, February 22, 11 a.m.: Ruston Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
For more about Mardi Gras in Ruston, visit the Ruston Convention & Vistors Bureau.
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