Mardi Gras Parades for Kids in Shreveport, Louisiana

by Leslie Renico
Beads are just one of the many traditions associated with Mardi Gras.

Beads are just one of the many traditions associated with Mardi Gras.

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The dedicated krewes that help to make civic life in Louisiana so colorful go all-out when it comes to designing Mardi Gras parades that will delight children and adults alike. On the two weekends before Fat Tuesday, there are several different parades in the Shreveport area for children to enjoy.

Shreve Memorial Library

Each year, this library throws a parade at A.B. Palmer Park on Line Avenue in Shreveport. In 2011, this parade ran from 10:30 to noon. The Krewe of Sobek has provided the entertainment for this pageant since its inception, and the Woodlawn High School Marching Band has performed in this parade.

Krewe of Gemini

Running from downtown to the intersection of East Kings Highway and Preston Street, this parade annually has huge floats and marching bands. Beads and other giveaways are flung through the air to spectators. In 2011, this parade took place on the Saturday before Mardi Gras.

Krewe of Barkus & Meow

In 2011, the theme for this particular kid-friendly parade was "Disco Dogs & Kool Katz." Prizes are annually given for best pet costume, best theme expression, most talented and best pet-owner lookalike. Instead of floats, this parade features dogs and cats with their owners.

Krewe of Aesclepius

This parade generally wraps up the Mardi Gras season. Usually held at a mall (Louisiana Boardwalk in 2007, Pierre Bossier Mall in 2011), this parade features floats, marching bands and tossed trinkets, as well as a party open to the public and all other krewes at the parade's end.

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