Red River Mardi Gras Bash is an exclusive party for groups to enjoy one of the largest parades in Louisiana

Red River Mardi Gras Bash, Shreveport, La.
Red River Mardi Gras Bash, Shreveport, La.
Photo: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourst Bureau

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, La. — Book your next group on a fantastic Mardi Gras adventure at the 10th annual Red River Mardi Gras Bash in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. The party, a 2014 American Bus Association Top 100 Event, starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

Groups will enjoy this exclusive party and front row experience to the Krewe of Centaur parade – one of the largest Mardi Gras parades in Louisiana. The climate-controlled party tent is located along the riverfront and tickets to the bash include live entertainment, savory Cajun/Creole food, king cake, a commemorative Mardi Gras bead and T-shirt, and several hands-on experiences.

Once the parade takes off, groups can see brightly colored floats, marching bands, outrageous Mardi Gras personalities, and, of course, catch some beads. The parade route features alcohol-free zones and plenty of excitement.

“My group loves attending the Red River Mardi Gras Bash year after year, because it’s a great way to experience Mardi Gras in a family-friendly style,” said Mary Ann Galvan, director of Legend Bank Travel Club in Linn, Mississippi. “We always enjoy visiting Shreveport-Bossier during carnival season, and we can’t wait to come back again for the 10th anniversary celebration.”

Groups looking to add additional Mardi Gras experiences to their itineraries can take a behind-the-scenes tour at Julie Anne’s Bakery to see how an authentic king cake is made, shop for Mardi Gras souvenirs at Tubb’s Hardware and Rentals, tour the Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum or visit one of the six riverboat casinos.

Groups that book by Oct. 15 will be entered for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card for their organization and must be present to win. Tickets to the event are $40 per person. For hotel discounts and group rate information, contact Erica Howard, group sales manager for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, at (800) 551-8682, ext. 104 or ehoward@sbctb.org. Visitors must be 21 years of age to attend. To learn more, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org/mardi-gras.