Shreveport & Bossier City Mardi Gras – Spanning the River

Shreveport and Bossier City Mardi Gras tour guide:

Don’t expect the raging party scene of New Orleans here in Shreveport-Bossier. Mardi Gras is a family affair in the historic Shreveport neighborhoods. But after the last bead necklace is thrown, there is another side of the sister cities that appeals to tourists and locals alike.

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Spanning both sides of the Red River, Shreveport and Bossier City Mardi Gras offers a wide range of activities. From riverboat gambling to river walk amusements, or from musical hot spots to the famous gastronomical creation called the ‘Muffy.’ Most anticipated in northwest Louisiana is the Mardi Gras season. Carnival is a farewell to flesh. A celebration of abundance before renouncing Earthly pleasures on Ash Wednesday. But not before the exclamation: laissez les bons temps rouler, or ‘let the good times roll!’ Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday,’ the biggest party day before the devout repentance of Lent. On the ‘Other Side of Louisiana,’ the fun-loving people of Shreveport and Bossier City celebrate an alternative version of Mardi Gras. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Shreveport and Bossier City Mardi Gras Tour Highlights:

  • Where Cajun Meets Cowboy
  • The Mardi Gras Spirit
  • Shreveport Style
  • Bossier City
  • Music and Muffies
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty City/Town, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • If visiting during the first two months of the year, which are Carnival season, be sure to visit Tubbs Hardware & Cajun Gifts at 615 Benton Road, in Bossier City. If lucky enough, the owner Don Tubbs may be in the store and he'll tell you about the Shreveport-Bossier tradition of Mardi Gras (318) 465-5555
  • Vital details of downtown Shreveport attractions:
    * Artspace and Shreveport Regional Arts Council are located at 710 Texas Street, 318-673-6500
    * Robinson Film Center is at 617 Texas Street 318-459-4122
    * Fertitta's Deli at 1124 Fairfield Avenue, 318-424-5508
    * Municipal Auditorium is a must see at 705 Elvis Presley Avenue, 318-222-9391
    * Barnwell Garden & Art Center. Current exhibit: 'Mardi Gras...Do It North Louisiana Style.' 601 Clyde Fant Parkway, 318-673-7703
    * Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center. Current exhibit: 'Bodies Revealed.' 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, 318-424-8678
    * Marilyn's Place is in the Highlands neighborhood, at 4041 Gilbert Street at Preston 318-868-3004
    * Herby-K's is just outside of downtown at 1833 Pierre Avenue, 318-424-2724
  • Shreveport is the seat of Caddo Parish and extends along the Red River into neighboring Bossier Parish. Bossier City is separated from Shreveport by the Red River, but both are considered 'sister cities.' The Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area contains over 535,000 people. Riverboat gambling casinos are located on both sides of the river.
  • King Cakes go on sale on King's Day, which is January 6th and the beginning of Carnival season, or the first day of Mardi Gras. Look out for the baby plastic figures inside or on top of every King Cake sold. Any local bakery will sell King Cakes during Carnival season, or pick one up at Tubb's Cajun Gifts in Bossier City, which also sells over a million beads per year.

Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine and has written several guide books. His seventh, 'Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations,' was released in March, 2007. The second edition of "Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations" was released in 2008 and won the "Best Travel Guide for Planet Earth" Award in 2010. Brad's commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. He enjoys extended global travel (particularly to exotic locations), and public speaking on the subject of sacred places.


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