Mardi Gras in the SBC Kicks Off this Saturday with 12th Night!
Time to drop off five Mardi Gras dresses to the cleaners today and get a Dryel for the rest that can’t be dry cleaned, get your nails done tonight and plan to Mystic in the morning. Yep, Mardi Gras kicks off this Saturday!
Around here, the holidays are just fine. But everyone seems to LOVE Mardi Gras! In case you weren’t aware, you don’t have to be a member of a krewe to take part in all of the Mardi Gras festivities in the SBC. In fact, if you want to find out more about Mardi Gras, make sure you come to 12th Night this Saturday at the Bossier Civic Center presented by the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Gemini.
It’s Mardi Gras casual and all of the area krewes will be represented. They’ll present the royalty from each of the krewes and have a huge 2nd line. Did I mention it’s open bar?
Find out more by going to the Krewe of Centaur website.
Below is this year’s calendar of Mardi Gras festivities! If I may recommend another event for this weekend, it’s Mardi Gras Mass.
With all of the different krewes in the area, there’s a fit for everyone! Also, be sure to check our website for photo galleries of all the festivities!
2012/13 MARDI GRAS EVENT DATES
4th Fri., Royalty Mixer, Centaur Krewe Events Center, 351 Aero Drive, 6:30 PM.
Dinner will be served, Cash Bar, dress is Mardi Gras Casual, second line
Jackets, Sashes, Crowns, and Tiaras. , catering by the Cypress Inn.
RSVP to Ricky Bridges at 318-393-8560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Sat., Mardi Gras Mass, St. Pius X Catholic Church 4300 North Market Street, (behind
the old church), 9:00 AM. King Cake and Coffee will be served after the Mass.
RSVP to Jean Nixon at 318-221-8662.
5th Sat., 12th Night Celebration, Bossier Civic Center, 6:30 PM – Midnight, Royalty Intros at
8:00 PM, concessions available, open bar, Mardi Gras Festive Attire, Music by
Chee Weez. Tickets $40.00 online at www.KreweofCentaur.org, other locations to
be announced. Hotel room blocks at the new Hilton Garden Inn, 2015 Old Minden
Road with Complimentary Shuttle running all night. Reserve by December 21st.
Contact Susan Shofner 318-470-0006 or email@example.com with questions.
5th Sat., Krewe of Dionysos 12th Night Celebration, Knights of Columbus Hall Natchitoches,
Doors open at 7:00 PM, Food, Live Band, Beer and Setups Provided, Captains,
Kings & Queens Complimentary all others $30.00 at the door.
10th Thu., Krewe of Sobek Wine & Cheese Reception, Multicultural Center of the South
520 Spring Street, Shreveport. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This is the kick off to a month
long exhibit of the history of the Krewe of Sobek. All Krewes are invited to attend.
Contact Shirlel Pierson at 318-222-0132 for more information.
11th Fri., Krewe of Elders Grand Bal XV “Music Legends, , details 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.,
American Legions Cross Lake, Attire is Black Tie Optional. Dinner Buffett,
Cash Bar, 50/50 Raffle, Live Music. Tickets $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the
door. Contact Gail Cascio at 564 6581, firstname.lastname@example.org.
11th Fri., Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal, “Cajun Fairy Tale”, Krewe of Centaur Den, 351 Aero Dr.
Doors open 7:00 PM and Tableau at 8:00 PM, Attire is Black Tie, Cash Bar,
Heavy hors d’oeuvres, Live Music. Tickets $50.00. RSVP by January 7 to
email@example.com or 578 So. Main, Sibley, LA 71073. Captain, King &
12th Sat., Krewe of Aesclepius Grand Bal XXIII, “Wild Blue Yonder”, Hoban Hall, Lindberg
Avenue, Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. (Enter through the North Gate. ID required getting on Base.) Doors open at 7:00 PM and Tableau at 8:00 PM, Attire is Formal (masking optional), Cash Bar, Music by DJ Extraordinaire. Tickets $50.00. Please RSVP by December 20th to Co-Captain Marsha Patterson at RinaKiel@aol.com or 5827 North Lakeshore Dr, Shreveport, LA 71107 or 318-210-8325 (cell) or (318) 990-5598 (work).
NOTE – We will have to provide a list of names in advance as part of the Base’s regulations. Our suggestion for the RSVP is [example] “Krewe of (Name) will have 4 people attending from the list of 6 names – King (name), Queen (name), Captain (name), King’s wife (name), alternate/substitute (name), alternate/substitute (name).” That way if there are changes in who is able to come, we already have the name on the list for the Base, and we know the number to expect for proper seating (arranging and assigning tables).
12th Sat., Krewe of Artemis LAGrand Bal XI, Anything Goes!….Springhill Civic Center. Doors open
at 6:30, Tableau at 8:00 , $45 ,advanced reservation required due to city ordinance.
Live Band, BYOB, set ups provided , Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Attire is Formal or
Twenties Costume strongly encouraged! You’ll need the Password Artemis to get into
our little SpeakEasy…expect a show! For more info contact Captain Michelle
18th Fri., Krewe of Sobek Grand Bal X, Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St,
Shreveport. Door open at 6:00 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM, Attire is Formal,
Cash Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Music by Con Funk Shun. Tickets $60.00. RSVP to
Toni Thibeaux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
18th Fri., Krewe of Justinian Grand Bal “That’s So Cool”, Horseshoe Riverdome, 6:30 PM,
Tableau 8:00 PM, Attire is Black Tie, Open Bar at 6:30 for a limited period of time
and then Cash Bar, Silent Auction ends at 10:00 PM, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres. Music
by Lipstick Blonde from Nashville. King, Queen, Captain complimentary, tickets $75.00.
19th Sat., Krewe of Sobek Parade, 1:00 PM, Queensborough neighborhood, Stage at the
Fair Grounds, Single Entry is $45.00, motor and riding clubs $75.00. For more
Information contact Shirley Pierson at 222-0132.
19th Sat., Krewe Les Femmes Mystique, Diamond Jacks, 6:30 PM, Tableau 8:00 PM, attire is
Black tie, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Music by “Identity Crisis”. Tickets
$65.00 til January 10th, tickets after that date $75.00. Contact
email@example.com or call 936-0340.
19th Sat., Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXII, “Festival of Lights” Bossier Civic Center
620 Benton Road, Bossier City, 6:30 PM to Midnight, Attire is Black Tie/formal,
Open Bar, Heavy hor d’oeurves by Ernest Orleans, Entertainment by
Lipstick Blonde, Tickets $75.00 per person. Contact Susan Shofner 318-470-0006
Or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
20th Sun., Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Jazz Brunch, Eldorado Casino, 11:00 AM, “Stars,
Guitars, and Animals from Mars” Music by Professor Pork Chops, Cocktail Attire,
Admission with reservations $45 for adults and $25 for children under 12. Tickets
At the door $50. Captain, King, Queen, complimentary or their representative.
21st Mon., Krewe of Harambee MLK Parade, Staging at 11:00 PM in front of the Municipal
Auditorium 705 Grand Street, Parade rolls at 1:00 PM. Contact Beverly Paige at
25th Fri., Krewe Des Ambassadeurs Grand Bal XII “Love is in the Air”, Diamond Jacks
Crown Bal Room, Doors open at 6:30 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM. Attire is Black Tie,
Heavy Hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar, Much by Louisiana Crossroads. Tickets $70.00
RSVP to Mahala Hutto at MHutto@unimin.com by January 9th.
26th Sat., Springhill Main street Mardi Gras Parade, 1:00 PM.
26th Sat., Minden Fasching Karneval Parade, 5:30 PM.
26th Sat., Krewe of Gemini Grand Bal XXIV, “Gemini Loves Television” Shreveport Convention
Ctr., 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Attire is formal, Open Bar, Entertainment by “Souled Out”,
Admission is $75.00. Contact 318-218-2865.
26th Sat., Krewe of Dionysos Grand Bal, Natchitoches Events Center, 6:30PM doors open and
tableau at 7:30 PM. Live Band, attire is formal, Heavy Hors d’ouevres. Admission
$45.00 members and $75.00 for guests. Contact 318-663-1172.
27th Sun., Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Royal Raffle. Petco 6596 Youree Drive, 2 PM. Your
pet can be royalty at the parade. Signup at event, registration is $10.00. Royal Raffle
chances are $1.00 each. Come and stuff the ballot box for your pet to be King or
1st Fri., Krewe of Centaur Float Loading, Centaur Krewe Den 948 N. Market Street,
Shreveport, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Dress is casual, Food and Drink available to
Purchase, Music and Dancing, entrance is free to the public. Contact Susan
Shofner at 3180470-0006 or email@example.com with questions.
1st Fri., Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal V “5 Years of Mardi Gras Madness”, Diamond Jacks
Casino Resort, 6:30 PM to Midnights, Tableau at 7:30 PM, Attire is Black Tie
Optional. Silent Auction, Cash Bar, Heavy Hor d’Oeuvres. Music by “Bushrod
Jenkins”. Purchase tickets online at Kreweofatlas.org. Members $45.00,
Duke, Duchess, or Consorts $50.00. General Admission is $55.00 before
January 20th, all tickets $60.00 after that date. RSVP by January 20th at
2nd Sat., Krewe of Centaur Parade
3rd Sun., Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade, Riverview Park across from Sci-Port.
Registration at 1:30 PM and parade rolls at 3:00 PM. Cost to enter parade is $20.00.
“Stars, Guitars, and Animals from Mars”. Come join the fun.
8th Fri., Krewe of Highland Bal Masque, “Rebel! Rebel!”, Randall T. Moore Center,
Doors open at 7:00 PM tableau at 8:00 PM. Attire is Black Tie Optional or
Costumes encouraged, masks required. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar.
Entertainment by In 10City Band. Admission is $40.00. Contact 318-773-8349.
8th Fri., Krewe of Gemini Float Loading, Gemini Krewe Den
9th Sat., Krewe of Gemini Parade
9th Sat., Krewe of Dionysos Parade, details TBA
9th Sat., Krewe of Harambee Saada Maskhara Bal XIII, “Coming to America”. Horseshoe
Riverdome, doors open at 7:00 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM. Attire is Black Tie or
African, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Live Band. Tickets $75.00. Contact
Jackie White at 318-286-5878.
10th Sun., Krewe of Highland Parade
12th Tues., Krewe of Aesclepius hosts the Upstate Party, Aesclepius Krewe Den 1049 Grimmett
Drive, Shreveport, 7:00 PM, Dress is Casual or Mardi Gras festive (2nd line jackets), Food and a Cash Bar, Music, $10 at the door. The Upstate Party ends with the journey to the Bridge Closing Ceremony. Contact David Duggar at 318-747-4939 or Brandi Brooks (Krewe President) at 318-426-2772 with questions.
12th Tues., Fat Tuesday Bridge Closing Ceremony. Join us at the middle of the Texas Street
Bridge, 12 Midnight, Dress is Casual or Mardi Gras attire (2nd line jackets). The Upstate Party ends with the journey to the Bridge Closing Ceremony. Come for the annual toasts to the end of Mardi Gras and distribution of Lenten ashes. Contact David Duggar at 318-747-4939 or Brandi Brooks (Krewe President) at 318-426-2772 with questions.
11th Sat., Krewe of Harambee White Linen Wine Tasting, Randle T. Moore Ctr. 7:00 PM
Complimentary Wine, Cash Bar, Attire is All White, Tickets $20.00.
3rd Sat., Krewe of Artemis Coronation
10th Sat., Krewe of Les Femmes Coronation
16th Fri., Krewe of Justinian Coronation
17th Sat., Krewe of Centaur Midway to Mardi Gras Coronation, Shreveport Riverview Hall,
6:30 PM to Midnight. Contact Susan Shofner at 3180470-0006 or
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
23rd Fri., Krewe Des Ambassadeurs Coronation XIII
24th Sat., Krewe of Gemini Coronation
5th Sat., Krewe of Atlas Coronation, details TBA
4th Sat., 12th Night Celebration
10th Fri., Krewe of Elders Grand Bal
11th Sat., Krewe of Les Femmes Mystique Grand Bal
17th Fri., Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal
18th Sat., Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal, Tentative Date
24th Fri., Krewe of Justinian Grand Bal Tentative Date
25th Sat., Krewe of Artemis Grand Bal
31st Fri., Krewe Des Ambassadeurs Grand Bal XIII
8th Sat., Centaur Traditional Ball Date
9th Sun., Barkus & Meoux Jazz Brunch Traditional Date
15th Sat., Gemini Traditional Bal Date
21th Fri., Centaur Traditional Float Loading Date
22th Sat., Centaur Traditional Parade Date
28th Fri., Gemini Traditional Float Loading Date
1st Sat., Gemini Traditional Parade Date
2nd Sun., Highland Parade Traditional Date
4th Tues. Fat Tuesday