Helpful Tips for Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier

See a Parade of Pets, Catch Hot Dogs and More During Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier.

Aly Velasquez
Aly Velasquez has lived in Shreveport-Bossier for 7 years. When she's not attending class at Centenary College of Louisiana or interning at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, she can be found hanging out at an art gallery or playing video games.
Shreveport-Bossier Krewe of Barkus Parade

Shreveport-Bossier Krewe of Barkus Parade

Shreveport-Bossier Krewe of Gemini Parade

Shreveport-Bossier Krewe of Gemini Parade

Shreveport-Bossier Krewe of Highland Parade

Shreveport-Bossier Krewe of Highland Parade

Shreveport-Bossier throws an amazing family-friendly Mardi Gras in Louisiana!  If you’ve always wanted to see animals dressed up in adorable costumes and paraded around en masse or if you’ve always dreamed of it raining hot dogs at a Mardi Gras parade, then you’ve come to the right place.

The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade (Saturday, Feb. 19, 2017) features the biggest party animals in town. Animal lovers won’t only see man’s best friend join in the festivities (although, there are a lot of cute puppers), the parade also features cats, miniature horses, goats, pigs, rabbits, birds and the occasional turtle. Any pet and their owner can participate in the parade. To register, click here. Festivities will begin at 12 p.m. and the parade will roll at 3 p.m. at On the Red Event Center, 2000 Reeves Marine Dr., Bossier City.

The Krewe of Centaur Parade (Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017) and Krewe of Gemini Parade (Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017) feature Shreveport-Bossier’s largest krewes.  Each parade is filled with dazzling floats, marching bands, dance groups and beads galore. Both parades start at 4 p.m. and have the same route: they begin in downtown Shreveport on Clyde-Fant Parkway, travel down Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and then turn left onto King’s Highway.

The Krewe of Highland Parade (Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017) features Shreveport’s most eccentric krewe famous for throwing hot dogs, packs of ramen noodles and moon pies. This parade rolls through the historic and diverse Highland neighborhood which is reflected in the krewe’s one-of-a-kind floats and parade throws.  The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Gilbert Drive and Ockley Drive in Shreveport.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, great hotels are offering awesome Mardi Gras specials. To get discounted hotel rooms, local brewery packages and more, click here.

If you have a group of 10 or more coming in, join the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau for a rockin’ tent party located along the route of one of the largest Mardi Gras parades in the South–the Krewe of Centaur parade on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Tickets are just $40 per person. To learn more, click here.

2017 Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Parade Dates

  • Krewe of Sobek: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
  • Krewe of Harambee: Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
  • Krewe of Centaur: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
  • Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
  • Krewe of Gemini: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
  • Krewe of Highland: Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
  • Krewe de Les Femmes Mystique Children's Mardi Gras Parade: Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

To learn about where to eat, drink and party during the Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras season, view the Mardi Gras Gris Gris brochure here. For more information about Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier, click here. And to keep up with year-round festivals and events in Shreveport-Bossier, click here.

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