Shreveport's largest parade rolls Saturday

Krewe of Centaur

The Krewe of Centaur rolls through Shreveport Saturday at 4:00. 

Founded in 1991, the Krewe of Centaur is the largest Mardi Gras Krewe in north Louisiana and prides itself on being "The Fun Krewe." Named for Greek mythology’s half-man, half-horse, our name pays homage to northwest Louisiana’s horse racing and gaming industry.

Technically classified as a “super krewe” because membership exceeds 500 members, the Krewe of Centaur’s annual Mardi Gras Parade is the largest Mardi Gras parade in Louisiana outside of the New Orleans area. It is also the largest annual event in the Ark-La-Tex region. The parade draws between 250,000-400,000 spectators each year along the 5 ½ mile parade route.

The Krewe of Centaur’s 26th Annual Mardi Gras parade is themed “Mardi Gras Madness” and will roll on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. It will feature 40 floats, 15 specialty units, and 730 Krewe members throwing over 2 million beads, cups, stuffed animals, footballs, doubloons, toys, treats, and trinkets.

Mardi Gras in northwest Louisiana creates a $16.5 million economic impact for Shreveport-Bossier City, according to a 2016 study done by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and Wysong Brand Solutions. Out-of-town visitors comprise 29% of the parade attendance with the majority of parade watchers visiting from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and many other parts of the country.

ROYALTY / INTERVIEW LIST

Susan Shofner Captain XV

Eric Enkey King XXVI

Jennifer Hammons Queen XXVI

Jerome Kaczmarek Duke of Fun

Bob Zahn Duke of Fantasy

Tim Huck Duke of Frolic

Theresa Miller Duchess of Food

Gladys Choyke Duchess of Fun

Cathy Zahn Duchess of Fantasy

Maria Kovacs Duchess of Frolic

FLOAT LOADING

Friday, Feb 17 from 5:30 - 9pm at the Krewe of Centaur Den, at the corner or North Market and Aero Drive. FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Be up close and personal with the floats and the Krewe members. Food and drinks available for purchase. Come dressed for festive Mardi Gras fun!

NO THROW ZONES

1. Any area North of Lake Street. Revelers will not be allowed to start throwing beads or any other items until they have passed the “Parade Start” banner at the corner of Lake St./Clyde Fant Parkway.

2. Under the railroad trestle on the North side of Veterans Park

3. Stoner Bridge overpass

4. The S-curve from Clyde Fant Parkway leading onto Shreveport Barksdale

5. The curve from Shreveport Barksdale onto E. Kings Hwy


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