Mardi Gras Festivities in North Louisiana

Did you know that Mardi Gras celebrations happen throughout Louisiana? Check out what's happening this carnival season up north!

Carnival in Louisiana

Enjoy a family-friendly Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport.

Monroe Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations

Grab your costume and head to the Mardi Gras celebrations in Monroe.

Carnival celebrations in Shreveport and Monroe emphasize family fun! With plenty of food, music, parades and activities—Mardi Gras events in this area anything but average. Get ready to catch parade throws (aka beads or other trinkets tossed from the floats) in the sea of people waving their arms and shouting, "Throw me something, mister!"

Over the course of two weeks, parades in north Louisiana can attract over 400,000 visitors. Pack your costumes and get ready to explore all that Carnival has to offer throughout our state!

Mardi Gras in the Shreveport-Bossier Area

In Shreveport, the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux is family fun for everyone – two legged or four! This parade of pups in their quirky Mardi Gras costumes will surely bring a smile to your face. And it’s for a great cause, as it benefits abused, neglected and homeless animals. The Krewe of Centaur parade in Downtown Shreveport was organized in 1991 and is one of the largest parades in the area. The Krewe of Gemini parade also rolls in Downtown Shreveport. Plus, for more Mardi Gras magic, visit the Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum in Bossier City. The Krewe of Highland parade has been drawing visitors to the Highland Neighborhood since 1994.

You’ll have so much fun at Shreveport parades that you won’t want them to end. Come and get in on the Mardi Gras fun! See the full Mardi Gras schedule for the Shreveport-Bossier area.

Mardi Gras in the Monroe-West Monroe Area

In the Monroe-West Monroe area, experience the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade and Twin Cities Krewe de Riviere. Both krewes have continued to grow the Mardi Gras festivities in the area! For the furry friends, the Krewe of Paws Mardi Gras Pet Parade takes place along Antique Alley in West Monroe.

For more about Mardi Gras in Monroe-West Monroe, visit the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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