I can't believe Mardi Gras Coronation season is already here! As a current royal, I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up my sash and tiara! Ah heck! I'm a southern woman, a tiara is my right!

So what's 'Coronation' for the uninitiated? Coronations are events (read parties) where each individual krewe reveals their royalty for the upcoming bal and parade season in the new year. It's always fun to guess who the incoming royals are and to keep their identity a secret!

There is literally a krewe for everyone in the Ark-La-Tex. If you're in the legal field, you have Justinian, if you're into networking and women's issues, you have Les Femmes. Highland residents and their supporters come together for the Krewe of Highland. Diversity is represented by the Krewe of Atlas. Seriously, there is a home for  virtually everyone and I highly recommend you check out a few of these events to 'kick the tires' and find a Mardi Gras family for you and yours. You'll be amazed by how affordable it can be.




25th,    Sat.,

(1) Krewe of Akewa Coronation at the Pine Hills Country Club at 100 Birdie Aly, Minden, LA.  Luau:  Come and Get Lei’d.  Doors open at 6:30.  Dining and dancing.   Music by DJ jeff McBride.   Tickets $35.   RSVP to Julie 318-707-0326 jules-0494@att.net.

(2) Krewe of Sobek Bowl-a-thon (family, children and Friends).  Holiday Lanes, Bossier City.

31ST,    Fri.,     Krewe of Atlas Coronation at Shreveport Convention Center.  Doors Open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:30.    Heavy Appetizers, Silent Auction, Booze Barrel Raffle, Cash Bar.  Music by DJ Willie Boom.    Dark Attire Requested.    Ticket Price $50.   RSVP Lea Ann Breen 227 Scott Rd. Frierson, LA 71027.


1st        Sat.,    Krewe of Artemis Coronation.   Community Activity Center 301 West Church Street, Springhill, LA 71075.   Doors open at 6:30.   Silent Auction and Live Auction.   Live music by Murphy’s Law.   Dressy beach attire or formal.    Ticket Price $40.   For more info or to RSPV 318-539-5951.

7th       Fri.,     Krewe of Justinian Coronation

8th       Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Coronation, Municipal Auditorium

14th     Fri.,     Krewe Les Femmes Coronation

15th     Sat.,    Krewe of Gemini Coronation

21st     Fri.,     Krewe of Highland Coronation

22nd     Sat.,    Krewe des Ambassadeurs Coronation.  Sam’s Town

23rd     Sun.,   Barkus & Meoux Coronation

29th     Sat.,   

(1) Krewe of Harambee Coronation, El Dorado Resort Casino 451 Clyde Fant Parkway,   Shreveport, LA 71101- 6:00pm until 12:00am.  Attire: Semi-Formal or African Attire.  Doors Open: 6:00p.m.  Presentation: 8:00p.m.

(2) Krewe of Dionysos Coronation.  Knights of Columbus – Doors open at 6:30, live band, BYOB, set-ups provided, food served, King, Queen and Captain of visiting Krewe’s complimentary, all other guests $20


11th     Fri.,     Krewe of Sobek Coronation

18th     Fri.,     Krewe of Elders Coronation American Red Cross Building (actually the building behind their office) at 805 Brook Hollow, Shreveport. Parking in the rear.


2nd       Fri.,     Krewe of Justinian “Midway to Mardi Gras Party”

31st     Sat.,   

(1) Krewe of Harambee “Halloween Party” Randle T. Moore Center

(2) Krewe of Sobek Masquerade Party.   Wyndham Garden Hotel.   1419 E. 70th Street.


11th     Wed.,  Krewe des Ambassadeurs – Minden Fasching Brunch and Opening Ceremony.  11:00a.m.

21st     Sat., Inaugural Krewe of Justinian Midway to Mardi Gras 5K Run & Walk



2nd       Sat.,   

(1) Mardi Gras Mass at St. Pius X

(2) Loblolly Luncheon from 2-4p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown.

(3) 12th Night (Hosted by Gemini)

(4) 12th Night (Hosted by Dionysos) Knights of Columbus Hall – Doors open at 6:30, live band, BYOB, set-ups provide, food served, King, Queen and Captain of visiting Krewe’s complimentary, all other guests $20

8th       Fri.,     Krewe les Femmes Mystique Grand Bal

9th       Sat.,   

(1) Krewe of Artemis Grand Bal

(2) Krewe of Elders Grand Bal

10th     Sun.,   Barkus & Meoux Jazz Brunch

15th     Fri.,    

(1) Krewe of Sobek Grand Bal

(2)Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal

16th     Sat.,   

(1) Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal

(2) Krewe of Sobek Parade

17th     Sun.,  

(1) Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade Raffle

(2) Krewe of Harambee, Float Loading Party 3:00p.m.

18th    Mon.,

(1) Krewe of Harambee MLK Day “Hopes & Dreams Breakfast”.  Petroleum Club, Downtown Shreveport.   8-10:30 a.m.

(2)  Krewe of Harambee Parade Downtown Shreveport, LA 1:00p.m. Line-up 11:00a.m.

22nd     Fri.,    

(1) Krewe of Justinian Grand Bal

(2) Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal.   Knights of Columbus Hall at 5400 East Texas, Bossier City, LA.  Black Tie Attire.  We will be serving a meal.  Cash bar. time TBA

23rd     Sat.    

(1) Minden Fasching Parade

(2) Krewe of Gemini Grand Bal

(3) Krewe of Dionysos Grand Bal – Natchitoches Events Center

29th     Fri.,     Krewe des Ambassadeurs Grand Bal

30th     Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Parade

31st     Sun.,   Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade


5th       Fri.,     Krewe of Highland Grand Bal

6th       Sat.,   

(1) Krewe of Gemini Parade

(2) Krewe of Harambee Grand Bal Horseshoe Riverdome Attire: Black Tie or African Attire, Doors Open: 6:00p.m. Presentation: 8:00p.m

(3) Krewe of Dionysos Parade

7th       Sun.,   Krewe of Highland Parade

9TH       Tues.,             Fat Tuesday.    Pre-party and Bridge Closing Ceremony hosted by Atlas.   Artspace 710 Texas St. Shreveport, LA.    Details to be provided.

Me (Bristol) with fellow Jester float members from the Krewe of Centaur at last year's midway party!
Me (Bristol) with fellow Jester float members from the Krewe of Centaur at last year's midway party!

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