Welcome to the Krewe of Gemini
The Krewe of Gemini is the first parading Krewe in modern times in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. The Krewe of Gemini is a nonprofit volunteer organization including folks from all walks of life who enjoy promoting the Mardi Gras spirit in the area. We would like to extend an invitation to you to be a part of this great organization. Our Den is located at 2101 East Texas St. in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Captains Message - December 2013
If you were at the last Krewe meeting, you are aware that one of my hobbies is astronomy. I had a chance to tell you about a comet that was 4 to 5 billion years old making its first approach to the sun. As you know by now, it did not make it, and was destroyed by the heat of the sun. That leads me to another item that I have always been asked, which is “How is Easter determined?” Very simply it is from astronomy, and I hope that you remember this from me: Easter is the first Sunday following the first full moon following the first day of spring. So spring this year is March 20th, the full moon is April 15th and the first Sunday after that is April 20th, which is Easter. Very simple if you remember this; it works every year.
Now on to Mardi Gras. We have a few weeks left until we kick off Mardi Gras with 12th Night on January 4th, and we conclude the season with the Bridge Closing on March 4th. So this year all of the hard work to celebrate 25 years of Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex is compressed into two months. We have several new sponsors this year, as well as new Krewe members and a new twist to our parade. The other area Krewes have been invited to participate in our parade, and some of them will be joining us. In keeping with the spirit of Mardi Gras, I want us all to welcome them on Parade Day and make them feel that they are a part of our Mardi Gras family.
This month’s guest columnist is Charter Member Mary Fleniken. Roy and Mary were part of that first organizational meeting that brought Mardi Gras to the Ark-La-Tex. As you read her column, you will see that some things have changed while others remain the same. It is still cold in January and February to work on floats, and we are always completing the final details at the last minute.
Monday night is our Krewe Christmas get-together at the den. We would like to see everyone turn out and join your Mardi Gras family. Please bring items for Toys for Tots and the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank. This is one way your Krewe gives back to the community, and it means so much to these organizations.
Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year as we look forward to kicking off Mardi Gras with Mardi Gras Mass on January 4th.