Mardi Gras is here and for your reading pleasure, I've got the full Mardi Gras calendar of events from Captain of Captains Doug Kochenderfer! Let the good times roll and I hope to see you tonight at 12th Night!




6th Fri.,     Krewe of Centaur Royalty Mixer, 6:30 PM at the Centaur events Center, 948 No.

Market Street.  Use side entrance on Aero Drive, casual attire, dinner provided,

Cash bar.  Spouse or guest is welcomed.  RSVP to Dana Bridges at 318-393-8560


7th Sat.,    Mardi Gras Mass, St. Pius Church 4300 North Market Street, 9:00 AM.,

King Cake will be served after the Mass.  RSVP to Jean Nixon 318-221-8662.

7th Sat.,    12th Night Celebration, Bossier Civic Center, Tickets $40.00 each , Open Bar,

Music by “Take 2”, doors open at 6:30 PM. Royalty presentation at 8:00 PM

More information to follow.

13th Fri.,     Krewe of Elders Grand Bal XIV, “Les Jeunes D’Espirit”,American Legion Post #14,

5315 Lakeshore Dr., 6:00 PM –11:00 PM.  Cash Bar, Buffet.  Music by Louisiana Crossroads.

Black Tie Optional.  Tickets $40.00 per person.  RSVP to Gail Cascio by email at

14th Sat.,    Krewe of Dionysos 12th Night Celebration, Knights of Columbus Hall, East 5th Street

Natchitoches, Food, Beer, Set-ups provided, tickets $30.00.

14th Sat.,    Krewe of Aesclepius Grand Bal XXII, “Aesclepius Got Game”, Shreveport Municipal

Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave., Shreveport.  Doors open at 7:00 PM and Tableau

At 8:00 PM.  Attire is Black Tie, Cash Bar, Entertainment by The Keith Horton Band,

Admission is $50.00 at the door checks only.   For questions call 318-572-0600 or


15th Sun.,   Krewe of Harambee “Float Loading Party”, 3:00 PM.

16th Mon.,  Krewe of Harambee “Martin Luther King Jr. Hopes and Dreams Breakfast,

Petroleum Club of Shreveport, 416 Travis Street, 8:00 AM.  Dress is Business Casual,

Admission is $15.00 each.  Call 318-286-5878 for questions.

16th Mon.,  Krewe of Harambee “Martin Luther King Jr. Mardi Gras Parade, 1:00 PM Downtown

Shreveport, admission is free.   Info. Number 318-470-9843  or 318-572-6337.

20th Fri.,     Krewe of Sobek Bal IX, Life’s A Masquerade”, Riverview Hall, Doors Open 6:30 PM,

Tableau at 8:00 PM.  Attire is Formal - Mask Optional.  Cash Bar, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres,

Admission is $50.00 questions contact Tarmara at 318-426-8081.  RSVP by Jan. 6, 2012.

20th Fri.,     Krewe des Ambassadeurs Bal XI, “All Aboard”, Horseshoe Riverdome, Doors Open

at 6:30 PM Tableau at 8:00 PM.  Music by the Gnarly Brothers Band, Attire is Black Tie,

Dinner Buffet, Cash Bar, Admission is $65.00, for questions call 318-265-1210.

21th Sat.,    Krewe of Sobek Parade, 1:00 PM, details to follow.

21th Sat.,    Krewe of Artemis Grand Bal “Get ‘Em To The Greek, Springhill Civic Center, doors open

at 6:30 PM, Music by “The Mudcats”, Dress if Black Tie Optional, Heavy Hors d’ouevres,

B.Y.O.B., setups provides, tickets $45.00 in advance only.  RSVP to P.O. Box 772,

Cotton Valley, LA  71018 or phone 318-832-4685.  Please wait for invitations to RSVP.

27th Fri,      Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal “Hollywood South”. Harrah’s Louisiana Downs,

Highway 80 East, Bossier City..  7:00 PM, Tableau 8:00 PM, attire is Black Tie, Music by

Soul Circus, Cash Bar, Heavy Hors d’ouevres, admission $50.00 advance or $55.00 at

the door.  For Questions call 318-218-1830.  Please RSVP by January 15th.  .

28th    Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXI, “Centaur Takes A Road Trip”. Shreveport Convention

Center, doors open at 6:00 PM tableau at 7:30 PM.  Music by Connie G and Creole Soul,

Attire is Black Tie, Heavy Hors d’ouevres, wraps, finger sandwiches,  Tickets $65.00 and

Must be purchased in advance.  Contact Brent Lavergne 318-734-5598 or Melanie

Ross at 318-210-7704 or email

28th    Sat.,    Krewe des Ambassadeurs Fasching Karneval & Minden Parade, 2 PM.

29th    Sun.,   Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Jazz Brunch,”Peace, Love, and Paws”, El Dorado Casino

Grand Ballroom, doors open at 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM.  Presentation at 12:30.

Brunch buffet and cash bar,  Music by BPCC Jazz Band.  Cocktail Attire, Silent Auction.

Tickets $45.00 advance and $55.00 at the door.  Contact Ginger Paul with questions at

318-868-2138 or



3rd Fri.,     Krewe of Justinian Bal, Horseshoe Riverdome, time TBD

4th      Sat.,    Krewe of Dionysos Grand Bal, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Events Center,                                   Second Street Natchitoches, 7:00 PM, Music by Harmon Drew Super Group, Attire

is Black Tie and Formal Gown, Food, Beer, and Setup provided for BYOB, admission

is $75.00 per person, for questions call 318-352-9444.

4th Sat.,    Krewe of Artemis Parade, Springhill, 1:00 PM, Free Entry by calling 318-539-5699,

before February 3rd.,

4th Sat.,    Krewe of Gemini Grand Bal XXIII “The Bad Boys Gemini” Shreveport Convention

Center.  6:30 PM til 1:00 AM.  Tableau at 8:00 PM (late arrivals will be seated after

The Tableau).  Music by “The American Flyers”, Reserved Seating, Black Tie, RSVP

By January 14th.

5th Sun.,   Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Royalty Raffle, Petco on Youree Drive.  Signup at

2:00 PM for drawing at 2:30 PM.  The King, Queen and Dukes and Duchess (Animals

are our true royalty, we humans are royal ambassadors for our pets) for the year

will be chosen.

10th Fri.,     Krewe of Centaur Float Loading, Centaur Krewe Den, Aero Drive and North Market,

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, dress is casual Food and drink available for purchase.  For

questions contact Susan Shofner at

10th Fri.,     Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal IV, “A Night at the Museum”, Red River Room, Louisiana

Downs, 8000 East Texas Street, Bossier City.  8:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Music by

Louisiana Crossroads, attire is Black Tie Optional, Cash Bar, Heavy Hor’s devours,

Admission $50.00 before January 10th and $55.00 after.  Questions call 334-477-4421.

11th Sat.,    Krewe Les Femmes Mystique Grand Bal XIII, “Superstitions”, Diamond Jacks Casino

Resort, Doors open at 6:30 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM, Dress is Black Tie,

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar,  tickets $60.00 advance and $70.00 after

February 1, 2012.  RSVP’s to PO Box 5851, Shreveport, LA  75135-5851 for questions

Call 318-820-3056.

11th Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Parade, Parade starts on the corner of East Kings and Preston Ave.

4:30 PM Parade Roll.

11th    Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Post Parade Bash, Riverview Hall, 7:30 PM., Music by Cookie

and the Kingcakes, Admission for non-member $15.00 Centaur members free.  For

questions contact

12th Sun.,   Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade, Riverview Park, Registration at 1:00 PM,

Parade walks at 3:00 PM.  Vendors, Pet Obedience demonstrations, judging in

Several categories, presentation of the TRUE Royalty chosen at the Royalty Raffle,

Introduction of all Mardi Gras Krewe Royalty.

17th Fri.,     Krewe of Highland “Urban Legends” Bal, Randall T. Moore Center, 7:00 PM til

Midnight, Attire is Black Tie Optional Costume encouraged, Mask is required,

Cash bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Music by Professor D.  Tickets $40.00 in advance and

$45.00 at the door.

17th Fri.,     Krewe of Gemini float loading party, Gemini Krewe Den.  Food and drink available for

Purchase.  5:00 PM.

17th Fri.,     Krewe of Dionysos Pre-Parade Party, Knights of Columbus, East 5th Street

Natchitoches, Tickets $30.00

18th Sat.,    Krewe of Dionysos Parade, location and time TBD.

18th Sat.,    Krewe of Harambee Saada Maskara Bal XII “Harambee on Broadway”, Horseshoe Casino

Riverdome, Doors open at 6:30 PM presentation at 8:00 PM, Music by “Windstorm”,

Heavy Hors d’ Oeuvres, Attire is Black Tie, Tickets are $60, RSVP by January 15, 2012 at or 318 286 5878.

18th Sat.,    Krewe of Gemini Parade, downtown Shreveport, time TBD

19th Sun.,   Krewe of Highland Parade, time TBD

21st Tues., Krewe of Aesclepius Fat Tuesday parade, Pierre Bossier Mall, Parade rolls at

7:00 PM.  Lineup at 5:00 PM.  Each local Krewe can enter one Float free of charge and

Others for a nominal cost of $45.00.  For more information contact Jim Thomas

Parade Marshall at 318-222-8054 or 318-469-9832.

21st Tues., Krewe of Aesclepius Bridge Closing Ceremony, Midnight, Texas Street Bridge




5th Sat.,    Krewe of Harambee White Linen/Wine Tasting Party, Randell T. Moore Center,

6:00 PM, Music by Jazz Combo; D.J., Dress is Finest White, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres,

Silent Auction, Complimentary Wine, Admission $20.00.  Info number is