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(SHREVEPORT, LA) – It’s time to warm up your bead catchin’ arm and bead beggin’ skills. The XXVII Krewe of Centaur parade rolls through Shreveport Saturday, Feb 3, beginning 4:30 p.m. and this year’s theme is “Centaur Goes to the Library”.
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Country music star Trace Adkins is returning to the ArkLaTex to serve as grand marshal. Adkins, a native of Sarepta, Louisiana and Grammy-nominated singer, is known for hits “You’re Gonna Miss This,” ”Songs About Me,” ”Every Light In The House,” and “Ladies Love Country Boys.” He has sold more than 11 million albums in his 25-year career.
The 31 throwing floats will distribute three million beads, 180,000 cups and 43,000 specialty throws including stuffed animals and footballs. You can also count on seeing marching bands including Green Oaks High School and the massive Louisiana Tech Band of Pride. La Tech will be leading the parade procession.
Among the royalty this year are Captain Brian Hammons, King Randy Long and Queen Page Porter. For a complete look at the rest of the Centaur royalty, click here.
According to numbers released by the Caddo Parish Commission, in 2016, the direct economic impact of the four parades in Shreveport was estimated to be $9,232,715. Adding indirect spending, the total economic impact of the four parades was estimated to be $16,157,251.
The Krewe of Centaur was organized in 1991. The Krewe is bound together by the common goals of building a better community and the pursuit of good family fun. The parade has grown over the years to become the largest parade in the ArkLaTex. The krewe is known for its community outreach, making about 35 visits to various facilities leading up to the parade.
The Krewe of Centaur, which is considered a “super krewe” since it has more than 500 members, is known unofficially as the “Fun Krewe”. The krewe currently has more than 800 members and reportedly draws between 250,000 and 400,000 spectators each year along the 5 ½ mile parade route.
More than 300 law enforcement officers from the Shreveport Police Department worked to keep the public safe and ensure a good time was had by all.
- Clyde Fant Parkway from Lake Street to Shreveport-Barksdale will be closed at 7 p.m. Friday and re-open to traffic at 7 a.m. on Saturday so parade-goers can set up early.
- Members of the public will not be allowed to set up tents or recreational vehicles nor will they be allowed to save parking spaces on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway or on the service road between Stoner Avenue and Shreveport Barksdale Highway before 7:00 am on parade day. Any stakes, flagging tape, furniture, tents, and other such items left as space markers prior to 7:00 am will be removed and discarded by police. Violators are subject to citation, tow, and removal from the parade.
- Attendees planning to park in the Broadmoor area towards the end of the parade route should obey all traffic and parking signs and remember not to block residential driveways. Officers will be posted at various locations along the parade route. It is vital that emergency vehicles be able to access residential streets, therefore parking ordinances will be strictly enforced. Violator’s vehicles are subject to tow at their own expense.
- The parade will begin on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway at Lake Street and run south on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, west down Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to East Kings Highway, and then south on East Kings Highway to the end of the parade route on East Preston Avenue.
- Parking on East Kings Highway is reserved for permit holders only.
- No parking is allowed before 7:00 am on parade day on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway (including all neutral ground and improved roadway) or the Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway.
- Citizens may not park in restricted areas marked with rope, cable, tape, or any other device used as a barricade.
- No parking is allowed on Captain Shreve Drive.
- Restricted parking allowed on residential streets from Albany Avenue to Patton Avenue. Some streets allow parking only on one side while other streets forbid parking. Look for parking signs and remember that the streets must remain clear for emergency vehicles. Violator’s vehicles are subject to tow at their own expense.
- Handicapped parking is available at the East Kings Highway Park, also known as the “Duck Pond”, and at the Veterans Memorial Park on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway. A handicap parking tag or plate will be necessary to gain access.
PARADE DAY STREET CLOSURES
- 8:30 am - Crockett Street from Spring Street to Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway.
- 8:30 am - Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway from Lake Street to Milam Street. Access to Sci-Port will be allowed until 4:00 pm via Lake Street.
- 2:30 pm - East Kings Highway (northbound and southbound) at Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to Preston Avenue.
- At 3:00 pm the following streets will close:
- East Kings Highway at Preston Avenue
- East Kings Highway at Youree Drive
- Shreveport-Barksdale Highway (including the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge)
- Clyde Fant Parkway from Milam Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway,
- Captain Shreve Drive, Knight Street, and Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway after the Parade turns onto East Kings Highway.
- Lake Street will only be open between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm on parade day.
- Clyde Fant Parkway between East 70th Street and Shreveport-Barksdale Highway will remain open. Knight Street will remain open from East Preston Avenue to Shreveport Barksdale Highway.
- Over 300 officers from the Shreveport Police Department will be working the parade. Officers will utilize patrol cruisers, horses, bicycles, motorcycles, and foot patrols to ensure public safety. Your safety is our top priority.
- Police will utilize mounted cameras to monitor the parade route.
- Police will have mobile command buses positioned on Stoner Avenue near Clyde Fant Parkway, in the Shreve City parking lot, and on East Kings Highway.
- The Shreveport Fire Department will have EMS crews stationed throughout the parade route.
NO THROW AREAS
- The staging area on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway north of Lake Street.
- The railroad tracks over Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway just north of Veteran’s Memorial Park.
- Stoner Avenue bridge over Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway.
- Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway exit to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway.
- The transitioning curve from Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to East Kings Highway
- Past the ending banner on East Kings Highway and any points thereafter.
- No glass bottles or containers are allowed on the parade route.
- No one may cross parade barricades during the parade.
- No animals allowed within 200 yards of the parade route, except animals that are in secured yards of residents living along the parade route and service animals.
- No dangerous objects or silly string.
- No one may throw anything at a parade float.
- Large flags or banners are not allowed within 50 feet of the parade route.
- No underage possession of alcohol. Violators will be arrested.
- No public nudity will be tolerated. Violators will be arrested.
- No ATV’s, side by side, dirt bikes, or any other motorized recreational vehicles are allowed on any public property along the parade route, this includes the grassy areas along Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and city streets. Violators will be subject to citation, arrest, and towing of the vehicle.
- Do not leave children unattended! Designate a meeting place in the event you find yourself accidentally separated from your children or other family members/friends.
- Do not fight or struggle over beads.
- Keep a safe distance from the floats.
- Leave valuables at home and secure your vehicles. Keep your keys secured.
- Do not take purses or wallets to parades. Keep money, keys, and identification secured on your person.
- Extinguish hot coals after cooking. Do not dump hot coals on the grass.
- Obey all traffic signs and directions from officers.
This year’s parade route is a familiar one to most. The massive parade proceeds along Shreveport’s parade route, which follows Clyde Fant Parkway south from downtown Shreveport, turns right onto Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and ends in the Broadmoor neighborhood at East Kings Highway Park.
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KTBS 3 ONAIR & ONLINE COVERAGE
Coverage of the Krewe of Centaur parade will air from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on KTBS 3 & KTBS 3.3 as well as on ktbs.com and on our KTBS 3 mobile app. Parade coverage is brought to you by Laz-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Shreveport. An abbreviated, one-hour special of the parade coverage will air from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. on KPXJ CW 21.
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