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After taking an involuntary year off, the Krewe of Centaur is ready to reveal their new royal court and prepare for the coming 2022 Mardi Gras season tonight at the Bossier Civic Center.

COVID be damned, we're ready to get this show on the road! After all, we're all adults and know how to mask and social distance by now, and (hopefully) we've all been vaccinated. I know I have! I'm ready to see people I haven't been able to connect with for almost a year and a half, safely, of course. Plus, Centaur has announced that they'll be taking every precaution to keep their membership and their guests happy and healthy.

If you're new to Mardi Gras, you may be wondering what the deal is with crowning new royals. Each season, a new royal court is selected to represent the krewe at functions like the Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal and Parade as well as charity functions, community outreach, and at other area krewes' events. They're the official 'face' of the krewe. The royal court is revealed at coronation, which Centaur calls their 'Midway to Mardi Gras' party. Yes, we even celebrate during the time of year we're furthest away from the holiday!

A lot of people wonder what to expect. First, attire is what they call 'Mardi Gras casual.' Wearing Mardi Gras-themed outfits is usually the norm with many of our members opting to wear their 'trash jacket,' which is generally an old tuxedo jacket that's been decorated with pins, trim, glitter, and sequins. While jeans are totally fine, Centaur asks that you not wear shorts. You will see some people in formal gowns and tuxedos, but they're generally the outgoing or incoming royalty. And yes, we definitely honor our 'Happy Has-Beens' for their service. After all, this outgoing group of royals served TWO years and we thank them.

So here are the down and dirty details for tonight's party. You can get your ticket at the door for $65. Guests must be 21+. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the presentation aka royal tableau taking place at 8 pm. The Wonderfuls will be there to play and Centaur's signature bottomless drink cups will be in everyone's hands. So, without further ado, All Hail the Mighty Krewe of Centaur! I hope to see you tonight!

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