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Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier - Best Free Party

Due to the acute public health risks associated with large gatherings and restrictions issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards limiting crowd sizes, the 2021 Mardi Gras celebration will indeed be different. The usual parades will not take place, but there are plenty of alternative and fun Carnival events to help you celebrate!

Some of the best parts of Mardi Gras - besides the beads! - are the tastes of Mardi Gras. King cake, boudin, beignets and gumbo are just some of the local favorites associated with Carnival in Shreveport-Bossier. Many local restaurants serve up these delicious dishes.

The Krewe of Highland is hosting a Yardi Gras Celebration! Krewe of Highland members and Highland residents are decorating their homes and yards with Mardi Gras colors and adornments to celebrate the Carnival season. Visitors can ride by and enjoy the spirit of Mardi Gras at a safe distance.

Step into north Louisiana’s digital kitchen by downloading the all-new Shreveport-Bossier Travel Magazine: The 2021 Culinary Issue. You can click through 16 pages of interactive stories that focus on the culture of SBC cuisine. It includes everything from a grilled whole gator and vegan options, to king cake and other Mardi Gras food staples, as well as unlimited libations and more.

Looking for videos about Mardi Gras in Shreveport – Bossier? Check out our Youtube playlist here.  


In 2022 we hope to be back to a regular schedule of parties, bals and parades.  Plan ahead for these dates:

Twelfth Night - January 6, 2022
Krewe of Sobek Parade - Friday, January 21, 2022
Krewe of Harambee MLK Day Parade - Monday, January 17, 2022
Krewe of Centaur Float-Loading Party - Friday, February 18, 2022
Krewe of Centaur Parade - Saturday, February 19, 2022
Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Krewe of Gemini Float-Loading Party - Friday, February 25, 2022
Krewe of Gemini Parade - Saturday, February 26, 2022
Krewe of Highland Parade - Sunday, February 27, 2022
Fat Tuesday 2022 - Tuesday, March 1, 2022