Krewe of Gemini parade to roll Saturday

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The Krewe of Gemini will be parading the streets of Shreveport on February 6th beginning at 4:30 p.m.  This is the 27th year that the Krewe has taken Mardi Gras to the streets as the largest FREE entertainment.

This year we are excited to have Betty Bamonte King as our Honorary Grand Marshall.  Betty was Queen XIII, and suddenly passed away last year.  Betty embraced the spirit of Mardi Gras in all ways! Several members of Betty’s family are members of the Krewe of Gemini.  Her Krewe of Gemini family dearly miss her and have cherished the memories we have made with Betty.

Queen XVII, Debbie Garrison, will be flying Betty’s Royalty Flag on her Queen Float. This is to honor Betty and what she has given to the Krewe of Gemini.  We all know she is throwing some beads in heaven and leading a parade for all those revealers.

This year’s theme, “Mardi Gras Magic” shows off the magical characters we have embraced for entertainment.

The Krewe of Gemini will be “Loading the Floats” February 5th beginning at 5:00 p.m.  This is the 27th year that the Krewe has taken Mardi Gras to the streets as the largest FREE entertainment. However, we will begin the celebration with loading the floats at the 2101 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

At 6 pm all music and celebration will be put on hold for the blessing of the floats.  This is performed by Monsignor Carson Lacaze.  The Krewe of Gemini Captain and Royalty will follow the Monsignor as he blesses each float.

At the conclusion of the blessing the celebration will continue and preparation for the 27th Grand Parade.

Floats will leave the Krewe of Gemini Den at 7:30 am on Saturday to be escorted to the staging area on Clyde Fant just north of the Sciport area.  The floats will roll at 4:30 p.m. down Clyde Fant Parkway to Shreveport Barksdale highway then to East Kings Highway.  The parade will end on Preston Blvd.

The Krewe of Gemini will also be making visits to the area Hospitals and various Retirement facilities on February 3rd starting at 9 a.m.  This is the 27th year that the Krewe has taken Mardi Gras to those who are unable to come to the parade.

The Royalty and Krewe members will begin at the Shriners Hospital with performing a “Mini-Tableau” for the patients, families, and employees.  The Royalty will be in full costume, along with the various Krewe members will be wearing their float costumes that day.

We will continue sharing the “Magic of Mardi Gras” to University Health Pediatrics, Pilgrim Manor, NW Louisiana Veterans Home, Riverview Nursing Home, and the Glen Retirement System.

The next Krewe of Gemini meeting will be held at the Mardi Gras Museum on February 15th at 6:30 p.m., at 2101 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. The Mardi Gras Museum is home to the oldest parading Krewe in Northwest Louisiana.