Located in Northwest Louisiana, Shreveport-Bossier throws the best family-friendly Mardi Gras in the state. Whether you’re catching beads at a parade or digging into a po’boy, good times are waiting around every corner. The southern town is best known for its six resort-style casinos and horse racing track, as well as its 60 festivals and annual events. Book a hotel and make plans to attend the Krewe of Centaur Parade (Feb. 23), Krewe of Gemini Parade (March 2) or the Krewe of Highland Parade (March 3). Check out other fun parades: Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, Sobek or Harambee.
Shreveport-Bossier is home to eight annual Mardi Gras parades filled with brightly colored floats, marching bands and outrageous Mardi Gras personalities. Parade-goers can catch limitless beads, trinkets, stuffed animals, toys, and sometimes hot dogs from mask revelers on floats as they yell the age-old cry, “Throw me something, mister!”
Between dazzling parades, try your luck at one of the sister cities’ six riverboat casinos and thoroughbred race track. Guests can enjoy luxurious, resort-style amenities – including posh accommodations, pools, spas, dining, shopping, and more – as well as Vegas-style gaming and nightlife.
Looking for authentic Louisiana flavors to complement your Mardi Gras experience? When it comes to food, Shreveport-Bossier’s got it all: piping hot beignets with mountains of powdered sugar, the Cajun and Creole traditions of South Louisiana, the slow-smoked barbecue of Texas, the soulful comforts of country cooking, and much more.
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