Are Shreveport, Mardi Gras Krewes Any Closer to a Deal on Parades?
As discussions between the City of Shreveport and the area's two largest Mardi Gras Krewes, Centaur and Gemini, continue, the schedule of the pre-Lenten celebrations across the ArkLaTex hasn't changed.
As previously reported on KEEL, meetings between Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Krewe leaders are at an impasse, as Perkins is holding firm to his position that the city is unable to pick up the cost of security and cleanup for the two biggest parades, something that has historically been done.
Meanwhile, spokesmen for the Krewes. specifically Centaur, insist that because the Mardi Gras organizations are non-profit, they, too, are unable to pay.
In addition, at Perkins urging, leaders from both groups recently met with Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler about the possibility of moving the parades to the east side of the Red, but those discussions also ended without a deal being reached.
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Wednesday afternoon, the Shreveport Mayor released a statement summing up the current state of the talks:
Mardi Gras events for 2021 were cancelled because of the COVID pandemic. Centaur and Gemini, the region's two largest parades, regularly attract crowds of 100,000 or more and it is estimated that upwards of a 250,000 attend all the parades. The seasonal events in the Shreveport - Bossier City area have an economic impact of more than $12 million annually.