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New study to show Mardi Gras' economic impact on Shreveport area

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SHREVEPORT - BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

It's Mardi Gras season in the ArkLaTex, and as the parades get ready to hit the streets, the money also starts to roll in.

Back in 2007, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau studied the economic impact of the area's two largest parades: Krewes of Centaur and Gemini.

It found more than $32 million were spent in the Shreveport area over the two parade weekends. That includes money spent on hotels, in restaurants, at gas stations or grocery stores.

The study said more than $17 million of that come directly to those who came from out of town to see the parades.

The Convention and Tourist Bureau conducts another study this year to include five krewes—Harambee, Highland even Barkus and Meoux and of course Centaur and Gemini. Convention and Tourist Bureau employees expect to see the amount of money spent to increase since the parades have grown and the study includes more parades.

The Krewe of Centaur prepares the Shreveport Convention Center for its grand bal Saturday night. The non-profit organization tries to keep the money it spends in the local economy.

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