One of the largest Mardi Gras parades in north Louisiana rolls through the Port City. The Krewe of Centaur kicks off its 23rd parade with 31 floats parading down east Shreveport.
Thanks to sunny weather, and temperatures in the seventies, the Krewe of Centaur believes it broke its previous attendance record.
“It’s the largest attendance I’ve seen in 11 years. I’d estimate the crowd was between 400-500,000 people,” said Angie Costakis, spokesperson for the Krewe of Centaur.
There were over two million beads thrown, including 200,000 specialty beads, and 500,000 cups.
The Grand Marshals in 2014 were The Voice’s semi-finalist and Shreveport native Cole Vosbury, and James Burton.
More than 200 police officers were on hand to keep the parade route safe. Costakis said Centaur also worked with the City Marshal’s office to provide even more security. According to Shreveport Fire Chief Louis Johnson, there were only five EMS calls along the parade route, mainly for people falling while jumping for beads. Johnson said none of them were transported to the hospital.