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Welcome to the Krewe of Gemini !

The Krewe of Gemini is the first parading Krewe in modern times in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. We are a nonprofit volunteer organization which includes folks from all walks of life who enjoy promoting the Mardi Gras spirit in Louisiana.


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Bringing the Mardi Gras Experience to You

Religious Significance

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. It’s a time for parties, parades, bals and celebrations of all kind before Lenten religious observations begin. Officially, the Carnival Season begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, the Twelfth Night after Christmas. Epiphany celebrates the day the Three Kings visited the Christ Child and recognized Him as the Messiah. A popular Mardi Gras pastry also arrives on the Twelfth Night. Called “King Cakes,” these coffeecake type pastries are decorated in Mardi Gras colors and only appear from this day until Mardi Gras Day (although some bakeries now make them available for shipping year round). A tiny plastic doll is baked into the cake, and by tradition, the person who receives the piece of cake with the doll inside must host the next party or bring the next King Cake to the home or office.

New Orleans

Throughout the history of Europe, there is evidence of the celebration of Mardi Gras. The New Orleans version descended most directly from France. On Mardi Gras, 1699, the French explorer, Iberville, camped near the mouth of the Mississippi River and named the site “Point Mardi Gras.” Some adaptation of the Parisian festival was probably introduced to North America shortly after New Orleans was settled in 1718. Under French rule, masked balls and private parties flourished but were later prohibited by the Spanish governors. The ban continued when Creole populace prevailed upon the American governors, and by 1823, balls were again permitted and street masking was legalized in 1827.

"Information provided by the Greater New Orleans Tourist & Convention Commission, Inc."


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 Bal was planned for February 17, 1990, and a huge parade featuring twelve Mardi Gras floats took to the streets of Shreveport -Bossier City 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.


All the World Loves a Parade

Masked revelers on floats, marchers, and horseback riders respond to the age old cry “Throw me something, Mister!” by tossing beads, toys, and trinkets. Doubloons are coins of no monetary value, minted for the Krewe, and collected by many.
In case you are wondering who catches the bill for costumes, floats, throws, and bals, it is the carnival krewe members for themselves and their guests, the thousands of visiting revelers.


Come visit the Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum and be amazed by the glamour and glitz, fun and fantasy, of the beautiful intricate costumes and displays that are showcased here.

The Museum highlights over a decade of Mardi Gras in North Louisiana and is considered a work in progress.  Displays are updated and added on a continual basis.  With 10,000 square feet of space, this Museum not only houses a dazzling display of Mardi Gras costumes, but it is also a popular place to hold special events.


The Museum is located at 2101 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA, 71111.  The mailing address is P. O. Box 6432, Bossier City, LA, 71171-6432.

Rent the Museum for your next party and/or special event or schedule a group tour.  Call (318) 741-9264 for details.


Our Sponsors

Dr. Mary Ann Edens
Gemini's Charter Members
Chris Keenan
Bob and Bess Elder
John and Lynne Manno, Jr.
Priority Management Group
One WHALE of a Good Time, King Benny XXX*
Flower Power
Ben Tullos, State Farm Insurance
Bob and JoAnna Robinson*
Dr. Michael and Shannon Banda*
Ron Madden
Morris and Dewett Law Firm
French Financial


Let's Create the Perfect Mardi Gras Event Together

2101 East Texas St. Bossier City, 71111

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6432, Bossier CIty, LA 71171-6432

(318) 741-9264


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