FEB. 4: KREWE OF CENTAUR GRAND BAL XXVI, The annual krewe bal will feature music from Mayday by Midnight. Black tie. Mask recommended. $80. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Tableaux begins at 8 p.m.; breakfast served at 9:45 p.m. Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo Street, Shreveport. Visitwww. kreweofcentaur.org.
FEB. 17: KREWE OF CENTAUR FLOAT LOADING PARTY, See the floats up close and meet krewe royalty as they prepare for the parade the following day. Free. 6-9 p.m. Krewe of Centaur Den, 948 North Market Street, Shreveport. Call 222-9391.
FEB. 18: RED RIVER MARDI GRAS BASH, is an exclusive tent party for visiting groups during the Krewe of Centaur Parade. Admission includes access to a private tent with live music, Creole and Cajun food, behind the scene experience and more. For groups of 10 or more. $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Call 800-551-8682.
FEB. 18: KREWE OF CENTAUR PARADE, This annual Mardi Gras parade features masked revelers on floats and marchers tossing beads, toys and other goodies. Family zones are available along the route. 4:30 p.m.The parade starts on the corner of Lake Street and Clyde Fant Parkway and ends on the corner of East Kings Highway and East Preston Street. Visit www.kreweofcentaur.com.
FEB. 19: KREWE OF BARKUS AND MEOUX PET PARADE, This family- and pet-friendly parade features vendors as well as face-painting, animal adoption and much more. $1. 12-4 p.m. 2000 Reeves Marine Drive, Bossier City. Visit www. barkusandmeaoux.org or call 549-3266.
FEB. 25: KREWE OF GEMINI, The first parading krewe in Shreveport-Bossier will feature revelers on floats and marchers tossing beads, toys and other goodies. Family zones are available along the route. 4 p.m. The parade starts on the corner of Lake Street and Clyde Fant Parkway and ends on the corner of East Kings Highway and East Preston Street. Visit www.kreweofgemini.com.
FEB. 26: KREWE OF HIGHLAND PARADE, one of Shreveport’s most eccentric parades with a variety of throws including hot dogs, moon pies and beads. 1 p.m. The parade begins at Gilbert Drive and Ockley Drive. Visit www.thekreweofhighland.org.