Miss USA contestants have arrived in town and they will start preparing for this month's pageant.

There is a free event for the public. It's a parade on Monday in downtown Shreveport beginning at noon. It's being held on Texas Street from Commerce Street to Market Street. Stacy Brown with the Tourist Bureau says all of the contestants will be in the parade and the local Mardi Gras Krewes have stepped up to make this a huge event.

Here are the events you can still get tickets to see:
May 16 Miss Teen preliminary competition at Horseshoe Casino
May 17 USA preliminary competition George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum
May 18 Miss Teen competition finals at George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum
May 21 Miss USA dress rehearsal and finals George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum

All of the contestants will be in town no later than Friday. Many are already here and attended a welcoming party last night.