Every once in a while, people from outside of Louisiana ask me why we have Mardi Gras events in July. They think Mardi Gras is a week in the Spring before Lent. And it is, after a fashion... But we crazy people in the Bayou state celebrate all year long with soirees, Coronations, Bals, fund raisers to help our community, Flotilla and more! I've listed the latest Mardi Gras calendar of events from Captain of Captains Doug Kochenderfer. If you've ever thought you might enjoy belonging to a Krewe, now is the time! Each Krewe in the Ark-La-Tex has a unique flavor and there is sure to be one to fit you and your family! Also, you don't have to belong to a Krewe to participate in most of these events if you want to check things out before hand! Good luck and Happy Mardi Gras!






5th Fri.,      Krewe of Elders XIV Coronation, American Legion Post #14, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Buffet, Silent Auction, Raffle and Cash Bar, Music by “The Original Classics”, Black Tie

Optional, Tickets $40.00 in Advance.  For information call Jay Prudhomme, Events Chair

At 318-635-4901.

6th Sat,,     Krewe of Artemis Coronation, “Peace, Love & Artemis 10 Years & Still Groovin”

Springhill CAC Building West Church Street, Springhill, LA.  Heavy Hors d’ourvres

Served at 7:00 BYOB, Set-Ups provided, doors open at 6:30 PM.  Attire is 60’s

Costume or Black Tie Optional.  Music by DJ Jeremy Shaw, Silent Auction.  RSVP

1-870-904-2514 by July 30th.  Advance tickets $35.00.  Special note that the

Krewe of Artemis will be running a bus from Shreveport to Springhill and back the night

of the Coronation for info call Caytie Green at 309-798-4463 or Caytie_1@yahoo.com.

12th Fri.,      Krewe of Justinian Royalty Coronation “Justinian Hayride”, Municipal Auditorium,

7:00 PM.  Heavy Hors d’ouevers, Cash Bar, Valet Parking, Black Tie or Vintage Formal

Wear, RSVP by August 5th to 318-222-3643.

13th Sat.,     Krewe of Centaur Midway to Mardi Gras Coronation Party, Riverview Hall, 6:00 PM to

12:00 PM.  Music by CC Players, Royalty Presentation at 8:30 PM., Attire is Festive/Dressy

Light Hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, Silent Auction.  Advance tickets until August 11th at Kings

Hardware or Plato’s Closet.  $25.00 or $35.00 at the door.  Please RSVP ASAP either by

Response card in your invitation or by calling Susan Shofner at 318-470-0006 or email

Her at docsus@bellsouth.net.

13th Sat.,     Krewe of Dionysos Coronation, Knights of Columbus Hall East 5th Street, Natchitoches, LA

Food, Beer, Set-ups Provided, Live Band, Tickets $30.00 contact Darlene McElwee

14th Sun.,    Krewe Des Ambassadeurs “Krewes in the Kitchen”.  Cookbook debut and Tasting Party,

Orleans on Main, Minden.  2PM – 4PM.   Note that Cookbooks will be available at the

Debut.  Please contact Sue Gruber at 707-3382 or Terry Gardner at 453-9440 or

Mahala Hutto at 560-4135 to arrange to purchase or pickup cases.  All monies are due

At the time of pickup.

18th Thur.,  Krewe Les Femmes Mystique “Back to School” fundraiser.  Take the fuss and worry out of

the first day of school by letting Les Femmes provide dinner for your family!  Les Femmes

is selling jambalaya and rice dinners for $7.00 each that evening.  Buy your tickets prior to

that date by mailing your check by August 13th to P.O. Box 5851 Shreveport, LA  71135.

Then drive to Shavers and pick up your dinners.  If you purchase 10 or more for one loca-

tion Les Femmes will deliver in Shreveport and Bossier City.

20th Sat.,     Krewe des Ambassadeurs Coronation, Red River Room – Louisiana Downs, Door Open

6:30 PM., Royalty Presentation at 8:00 PM. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar,  Silent Auction,

Music by “Dorcheat Bottom Band”, Black Tie Optional, Tickets $35 in Advance.
RSVP by August 6th.  Checks can be mailed to Krewe des Ambassadeurs, P O Box 2, Minden, LA  71058.  For information contact Janis Hudson at 318-265-1210 [cell] or 318-255-2245 [work].

27th Sat.,     Krewe of Gemini Coronation, Horseshoe Riverdome, time TBD

28th Sun.,    Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Coronation, Taylortown Store, 2 PM – 4:30 PM,

Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Bovine Bingo, Heavy Holdovers, Music by

Professor Porkchop and the Dirty Dishes.  Attire is Summertime Cool/Casual.

Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door.  Call 318-549-3266 for tickets.





9th Fri.,      Krewe of Sobek Coronation, Riverview Hall, doors open at 6:00 PM, event begins

at 7:00 PM, Cash Bar.

9th Fri.,      Krewe of Harambee Coronation, Eldorado Resort Casino Ballroom

7:00 PM – 12:00 PM, music by “Alter Ego”.   Attire is semi formal or African attire,

Tickets are $45.00 per person, light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.

RSVP by email: jackiewhite7462@gmail.com no later than August 1st.

10th Sat.,     Krewe Les Femmes Mystique Coronation, Diamond Jacks Casino, time TBD

17th Sat.,     Krewe of Aesclepius Coronation, Holiday Inn Downtown, doors open at 6:30 PM.

24th Sat.,     Krewe of Akewa “All That Glitters” Coronation, 7:00 PM, Orleans on Main, 513 Main Str.

Minden, LA., Presentation begins at 8:00 PM, Wear your Bling and your Boas, Heavy

Hors d’ouevres, BYOB set-ups provided, RSVP by Sept. 6, to sewlenny@bellsouth.net

Or 318-377-4938.  Tickets are $40.00 in advance or $45.00 at the door.

24th Sat.,     Krewe of Centaur Annual Golf Tournament.  More information to follow.



1st Sat.,     Krewe of Atlas Coronation, American Legion Hall, 7:00 PM.  More information to follow.

15th Sat.,     Krewe Les Femmes Mystique Second Annual Shopping Trip to Dallas.  Be sure to put this

date on your calendar and join the ladies of Les Femmes Mystique for this fall trip to

Dallas.  All parties attending had a blast last year so you won’t want to miss this year.

Prior to September 15th tickets will be available for $60.00, after that date tickets will

be $65.00 each.  You will travel on a luxury motor coach to destinations to be announced.

Mail your check to P.O. Box 5851, Shreveport, LA  71135.  For more information contact

Theresia Kveder at theresia@jeansimpson.com or Elizabeth Teeters at

teeterse@yahoo.com .

29th Sat.,     Krewe of Atlas Monster Ball – location and time TBD

29th Sat.,     Krewe of Dionysos Halloween Party, Knights of Columbus Hall, East 5th Street Natchitoches

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


6th Fri.,      Krewe of Centaur Royalty Mixer, time and location TBD

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

Music by “Take 2”, doors open at 6:30 PM.  More information to follow.

13th Fri.,      Krewe of Elders Grand Bal, location and times TBD

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, Shreveport Convention Center

20th Fri.,      Krewe of Sobek Bal, Riverview Hall, time TBD

20th Fri.,      Krewe des Ambassadeurs Bal, Horseshoe Riverdome, Doors Open at 6:30 PM,

Tableau at 8:00 PM.  More details to follow.

21th Sat.,     Krewe of Artemis Grand Bal, Springhill Civic Center, doors open at 6:30 PM

27th Fri,      Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal, location and time TBD

28th    Sat.,     Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXI, location and time TBD

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

29th    Sun.,    Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Jazz Brunch, El Dorado Casino Grand Ballroom,

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM.



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

4th      Fri.,      Krewe of Dionysos Grand Bal, Events Center, Second Street Natchitoches

details TBD

4th Sat.,     Krewe of Artemis Parade, Springhill, 1:00 PM

4th Sat.,     Krewe of Gemini Bal, Shreveport Convention Center, time TBD

10th Fri.,      Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal, location and time TBD

11th Sat.,     Krewe Les Femmes Mystique Bal, Diamond Jacks, time TBD

11th Sat.,     Krewe of Centaur Parade, downtown Shreveport, time TBD

12th Sun.,    Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade, Riverview Park, time TBD

17th Fri.,      Krewe of Highland Bal, time and location TBD

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 Bal, tentatively Horseshoe Riverdome, time TBD

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, 6:30 PM

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