Shreveport-Bossier Getaways - January 2016
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Mardi Gras Brings Parades and Parties to Shreveport and Bossier City

Mardi Gras season is officially underway in Shreveport-Bossier, and the 2016 Carnival calendar is jam-packed with parties, parades and more. The enormous Krewe of Centaur Parade will turn 25 years old when it rolls at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, and the following Saturday will feature the Krewe of Gemini Parade beginning at 4 p.m. Both parades follow the same route, beginning on Clyde Fant Parkway and continuing along Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and E. Kings Highway.

Other popular Mardi Gras parades in Shreveport-Bossier include the Krewe of Sobek, Krewe of Harambee, Krewe of Barkus and Meoux and Krewe of Highland parades. Looking for complete details of these parades and other Mardi Gras events? Download the 2016 Mardi Gras Gris Gris Guide, our comprehensive guide to all things Carnival-related. You can also check out our Youtube playlist featuring videos of Mardi Gras fun in Shreveport-Bossier!

Bringing a group of 10 or more from out of town to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier? Check out Red River Mardi Gras Bash on Saturday, Jan. 30. Red River Mardi Gras Bash is a party designed especially for visiting groups. Watch the video here or download the flyer.
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Music Scene: Legends of Rock, Country to Perform

2016 is already shaping up to be a great year for live music fans, as local casinos prepare for concerts by some of the biggest names in classic rock and country. Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City will host concerts by Three Dog Night on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Starship featuring vocalist Mickey Thomas on Friday, Jan. 29. Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino has legendary crooners Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on Friday, Jan. 22 and country icon Kenny Rogers on Friday, Jan. 29.

CenturyLink Center will welcome two iconic musicians in January, as well: Veteran songwriter Barry Manilow will perform on Saturday, Jan. 30 and rap superstar Lil’ Wayne will perform on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Looking for an up-to-date calendar of live music happenings in Shreveport-Bossier? Visit to keep tabs on upcoming performances. 

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King Cake: A Tasty Mardi Gras Tradition

From crispy, sweet beignets to piping hot boiled crawfish, the iconic tastes of Carnival season in Louisiana can be found in many Shreveport-Bossier eateries. The king cake is a delicious Mardi Gras tradition that varies from one bakery to the next. At Tubbs Hardware, Cajun Gifts and King Cakes in Bossier City, the “X-Treme King Cakes” are made with a moist pastry dough and “an extreme amount of quality fillings” in flavors like cinnamon, praline and strawberry-cream cheese. Thousands of X-Treme King Cakes are sold each year and many are shipped to destinations around the world.

Julie Anne’s Bakery & Café in Shreveport offers two dozen varieties of king cake, including pecans and cream, blueberries and cream, and Black Forest versions. Located in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood, Lilah’s Bakery is another popular local spot for king cakes. Lilah’s serves more than 20 varieties of cake, including gluten-free options.

Check out the 2016 Mardi Gras Gris Gris Guide for more info on where to find king cakes, Mardi Gras cocktails and more in Shreveport-Bossier!       

The Louisiana Office of Tourism has designated 2016 a year-long celebration of Louisiana food and drink. For local restaurant reviews, festival food previews and more, download the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s new guide to local food.
If you've visited Shreveport-Bossier, you know that we have more than our fair share of home-grown restaurants with delightful and delectable menu options. Each month we'll feature a recipe from one of our most popular local chefs.
Everything about pop-up restaurant and mobile food vendor El Cabo Verde is local, right down to the name: “Cabo” stands for “Caddo” and “Bossier.” Chef/owner Gabriel Balderas creates authentic, flavorful Mexican fare using only locally sourced or certified organic ingredients. You can find El Cabo Verde at local farmers’ markets, festivals and events. The best way to find out where El Cabo Verde will be appearing next is by following their page on Facebook

For a complete list of restaurants, food trucks and other eateries in Shreveport-Bossier, visit To download a printable version of the El Cabo Verde recipe card, click here.

Upcoming Events

Camping World Independence Bowl
Saturday, December 26
Independence stadium
Dancing with the Stars: Live
Wednesday, December 30
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
New Year’s at Noon
Thursday, December 31
Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center
Toast: A Night of Dynamic Duos
Thursday, December 31
Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center
New Year's Eve Celebration
Thursday, December 31
Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Blitzen The Reindeer
Friday, January 1
Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Krewe of Gemini's Mardi Gras Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 2
Bossier Civic Center
Krewe of Dionysos Twelfth Night Party
Saturday, January 2
Knights of Columbus Hall
January 7 – 10
Shreveport Little Theatre
Krewe de Les Femmes Mystique Bal
Friday, January 8
DiamondJacks Casino and Resort
Lewis Black – The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour
Sunday, January 10
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal VIII
Friday, January 15
Shreveport Convention Center
Krewe of Sobek Grand Bal XIII 
Friday, January 15
Shreveport Convention Center
Krewe of Sobek Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, January 16
Fairgrounds Field
Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXV
Saturday, January 16
Shreveport Convention Center
The Producers
Sunday, January 17
Strand Theatre
Krewe of Harambee Mardi Gras / MLK Day Parade
Monday, January 18
705 Elvis Presley Ave., Shreveport
Krewe of Justinian Grand Bal XX
Friday, January 22
Shreveport Convention Center
Krewe of Gemini Bal XXVII
Saturday, January 23
Shreveport Convention Center
Shape of Shreveport Documentary Series Premier: Episodes 5-8
Thursday, January 28
Strand Theatre
Kenny Rogers
Friday, January 29
Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Riverdome
Krewe of Centaur Float Loading Party
Friday, January 29
351 Aero Drive, Shreveport
Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, January 30
Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport
Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade
Sunday, January 31
Reeves Marine Center
Krewe of Highland Bal Masque XXI: "Rocky Highland Picture Show"
Friday, February 5
Randle T. Moore Center
Krewe of Gemini Float Loading Party
Friday, February 5
2101 E. Texas St., Bossier City
Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, February 6
Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport
Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 7
Highland Neighborhood, Shreveport
Blessing of the Texas Street Bridge
Tuesday, February 9
Texas Street Bridge

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