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The Fat Tuesday in Shreve Town Walking Parade

Dress crazy, you ARE the parade!

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  • Joel Rodgers

Wayyyyy back in 2017, The Fat Tuesday in Shreve Town Walking Parade began in downtown Shreveport. It didn’t feature floats and instead of a grand marshal like other parades, this parade choose to honor something in Shreveport’s history – and the cool new idea let YOU to be the parade. It also features several cool and fun stops along the way.

The first year The Fat Tuesday in Shreve Town Walking Parade honored the Shreveport Madame, Annie McCune.

In 2018, The Fat Tuesday in Shreve Town Walking Parade was celebrated with a Jazz Funeral for those buried in the Yellow Fever Mound.

This year’s theme is “Everything Shreve”. What a better way to learn about ourselves! This the parade honors Captain Henry Miller Shreve, and is themed “Everything Shreve”.

Full of fun at interactive stops, this year’s parade is Tues (Mar. 5) starting at 6:30pm, according to the Facebook page of the parades’ founder Cynthia Keith, “It will be the best yet!”

You’ll find the description below on the official Fat Tuesday in Shreve Town Walking Parade Facebook event page.

Themed “Everything SHREVE”, we’ll travel in time to the beginnings of Shreveport (Shreve Town) on Commerce Street and enjoy a purple, green, and gold toast to Captain Shreve. Captain Shreve himself will tell you about clearing the log jam, truly making Shreveport “open for business”. Witness a live duel at the Spring Street Museum, relive the good times during a “virtual throwback” in the old Shreve Square, then walk ourselves to present time in the Red River District to partake in our version of “Rally in the Alley” with a Mardi Gras LOG JAM Dodgeball game. Enjoy the rest of your evening with some awesome specials served up by some awesome businesses in the district. Dress crazy, you ARE the parade! FREE!

This is the first stop at 6:30pm for the walking parade, 624 Commerce Street . It is right behind Riverview Hall, near the lower part of Festival Plaza. You’ll hear the music from the DJ that is parked outside. We will be there long enough to hear from Captain Shreve himself and to have a purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras toast with him. In case of rain the entire event will be held here.

Dueling to settle differences has been a large part of history…even in Shreve Town. We’ll travel around the corner to the Spring Street Museum’s parking lot for the 2nd stop of the walking parade and witness a live re-enactment of a duel. Learn who was killed in one of the duels here.

This years event is will be twice the fun as the guys from Twin Blends Photography will be doing a photographic video of Memories of Shreve Square during the 3rd stop of the walking parade.

The 4th/Final stop of the walking parade will be in the Red River District. Years ago when LA Tech played Northwestern in Independence Stadium a big pep rally was held in Shreve Square. We’ll do a “Mardi Gras” version of that Rally in the Alley in front of Nicky’s Mexican Restaurant. In keeping with the theme, we will have a LOG JAM dodge ball game using squishy footballs. Hosted by Real Shreveport’s Joel Rodgers. Then you can enjoy 2 for 1 Enchilada dinners and Happy Hour Margaritas inside Nicky’s Restaurant!!!!!

 

Here’s a list of the stops with addresses, join in even if you are late!

1.Parade start 624 Commerce St-Purple, green and gold Mardi Gras toast with Captain Shreve
2. Spring Street Museum lot-525 N Spring St-Witness a live duel reenactment
3. Shreve Square-118 Texas St-Virtual throwback in time with Twin Blends Photographic projection, hear some familiar songs that once echoed in those empty buildings.
4. Parade end Red River District-450 Clyde Fant Pky-Rally in the Alley-participate in a Mardi Gras LOG JAM dodgeball game!!! Enjoy specials in the district after the event.

See you there!

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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