SHREVEPORT, LA - Major changes have apparently been proposed for the Mardi Gras parades in Shreveport. Mayor Tom Arceneaux, Chief Administrative Officer Tom Dark, SPAR Director Shelly Ragle and others met with parade officials to discuss new contracts.


Several changes have been suggested. None of these proposed changes have been adopted or approved by city leaders yet.

The Board of Directors of both the Krewe of Gemini and the Krewe of Centaur will be meeting this week to discuss these proposed changes. They will then get back with the city to try to iron out the contracts.

What Are the Proposed Changes?

1. Move the start time of the 2 big parades to 2:30pm

2. Change the location of the parade start from downtown Shreveport to Clyde Fant at Stoner.

3. Move the date of the Centaur Parade from February 3 to accommodate the African American Parade which is on the same date.


Parade Schedules:

January 2024
Monday, January 15, 2024
Saturday, February 3, 2024

Krewe of Gemini Parade

Saturday, February 10, 2024
Sunday, February 11, 2024
The concern about the February 3rd date centers around a couple of big issues. One is manpower. The Shreveport Police Department is called on to provide security at both of these parades. The department is down by more than 130 officers and a day with 2 parades will likely stretch that force to the limit. There has also been discussion about residents who want to attend both parades.

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