News Flash

Community Events

Posted on: February 1, 2023

Time to Celebrate Mardi Gras!



  • African American History Parade    
    • February 4, 2023
    • Parade rolls at 11:00 am
    • Street/Route closure at 9:00 am 
  • Krewe of Centaur Parade
    • February 11, 2023
    • Parade rolls at 3:00 pm
    • Street/Route closure at 1:00 pm

  • Krewe of Gemini Parade    
    • February 18, 2023
    • Parade rolls at 3:00 pm    
    • Street/Route closure at 1:00 pm    
  • Krewe of Highland Parade
    • February 19, 2023
    • Parade rolls at 2:00 pm
    • Street/Route closure at 1:00 pm

Once the streets are closed there will be only emergency vehicle traffic. If you leave the area after the streets are closed, you will not be allowed back in.

All parades will roll come rain or shine!

If there is lightning or more severe weather the parade will NOT roll.


Shreveport Police will close all of Clyde Fant Parkway from Lake Street to Shreveport-Barksdale beginning at 7 p.m. the night before the Krewes of Centaur and Gemini parades. It will reopen to traffic at 7 a.m. on parade day, so people may set up early on those Saturdays.

By 9 a.m. on parade days Crockett Street from Spring Street to Clyde Fant will close, and Clyde Fant from Crockett Street to Milan Street will be closed. Residents can gain access to Sci-Port unWl closing.

At 1 p.m. the following streets will close:

  • East Kings at Preston

  • East Kings at Youree

  • Shreveport-Barksdale (including Shreveport-Barksdale bridge)

  • Clyde Fant from Milan Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway.

  • Clyde Fant between 70th Street and Shreveport-Barksdale Highway will remain open to allow access to Bossier City only

  • East Preston will close to through traffic at East Kings Highway, Captain Shreve, Knight Street, and Clyde Fant Parkway when parades turn onto East Kings Highway.


  • Plan ahead! You may want to review the parade route before heading to the parade to determine the best spot for you and your family. Many streets will be closed around 1:00 p.m. and experienced parade goers will often mark their spot starting early the morning of the parade.

  • Early pitching of tents and saving of parking spaces will not be allowed. Violators could be ticketed, towed, or forced to move.

  • Citizens cannot park where areas are roped off and marked.

  • Handicap parking is at the duck pond and at the Veteran’s Memorial lot on Clyde Fant. Residents must have a handicapped parking tag or plate to gain access.

  • People planning to park in residential areas of the parade routes should heed all traffic and parking signs. It is imperative that emergency traffic be able to flow through streets, so proper parking will be strictly enforced.


  • Law Enforcement officers from local agencies will be working the parade. Officers will be in patrol cars, on foot, on bicycles, on horses, and on motorcycles.

  • Police will have command busses at Stoner Park, Shreve City, Super 1, and East Kings Highway

RESERVE YOUR SPOTThe City of Shreveport leases several spots on East Kings Highway. They are reserved on a first come first served basis and sell out VERY QUICKLY! All the spots for the 2023 parades have been reserved, but you can visit for more information about signing up for next year.

BRING A BAGClean up after yourself! City workers will clean the parade route, but doing your part will help a lot.

ALCOHOL-FREE ZONEThe City of Shreveport maintains a family-friendly, alcohol-free zone. This is along Clyde Fant Parkway, from the old railroad trestle, North to Stoner Avenue. You can access this area by driving down Stoner Avenue, where it intersects with Clyde Fant Parkway.


  • In the staging areas

  • The railroad underpass just north of the Veteran’s Memorial.

  • Stoner Avenue Bridge

  • The turn from Clyde Fant onto Shreveport-Barksdale Highway

  • The Turn from Shreveport-Barksdale to East Kings Highway

  • When the parade is stopped


  • No glass boUles or containers are allowed on the parade route.

  • No one may cross parade barricades during the parade.

  • No one may throw anything at a parade float.

  • No animals are allowed within 200 yards of the parade route, except animals that are in secured yards of residents living along the parade route and service animals.

  • No dangerous objects or silly string.

  • Large flags or banners are not allowed within 50 feet of the parade route.

  • No underage possession of alcohol. Violators will be arrested.

  • No public nudity will be tolerated. Violators will be arrested.

  • No float drivers may drink any alcohol or throw beads. They will be required to take an intoxilyzer test.

  • Floats in the parade must have skirts or escorts walking alongside them.

  • No ATVs, side-by-side, dirt bikes, or any other motorized recreaWonal vehicles are allowed on any public property along the parade route, this includes the grassy areas along Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and city streets. Violators will be subject to citation, arrest, and towing of the vehicle.


  • Do not leave children unattended! Designate a meeting place in the event you find yourself accidentally separated from your children or other family members/friends.

  • Don’t fight or struggle over beads. Thousands of beads will be thrown, so be polite and respecmul for others trying to catch them.

  • Keep a safe distance from the floats.

  • Leave valuables at home and secure your vehicles. Keep your keys secured.

  • Do not take purses or wallets to parades. Keep money, keys, and identification secured on your person.

  • Extinguish hot coals after cooking. Do not dump hot coals on the grass.

  • Obey all traffic signs and directions from officers.

Facebook Twitter Email