How Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex began

Early in 1989, Chamber of Commerce President Bob Taylor turned to Cary Petty, Vice President of Business Development, and said, "Cary, Bossier needs a festival or event that it can get behind in a big way." Needless to say, Bob did not realize how seriously Cary took him. At about the same time, Lt. Governor Paul Hardy had released his plans for a statewide promotion called "Open House 1990." Freda Urban suggested, "That Mardi Gras would be successful in our area." Well , as they say, "the rest is history." With the formation of the Krewe of Gemini, committees were formed , logos were designed, throws were ordered, floats were designed, a media party was set, a Mardi Gras Ball was planned for February 17, 1990, and a huge parade featuring twelve Mardi Gras floats took to the streets of Bossier-Shreveport on February 24, 1990. From an idea to reality, Shreveport-Bossier can now claim one of the biggest and, we believe, one of the most successful celebrations in our area. Our thanks to Cary Petty, Freda Urban, and all those many volunteers from both sides of the river who are working so hard to make Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex successful.