Founded in 1989, the Krewe of Gemini is the oldest parading krewe in the Ark-La-Tex. Our Den is located at 2101 East Texas St. in Bossier City, Louisiana.
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.
Krewe Social Events:
- Theme Announcement Party: Usually held in June, this is an exciting party where the Captain announces to the Krewe and the general public the theme for this year's parade. Floats designs are revealed for the first time and float lieutenants select their theme to match that of the Krewe.
- Coronation: A black-tie optional sit-down dinner held in a local establishment, this very popular party features the announcement of royalty for the Krewe of Gemini. During this party the Captain reveals the original poster art for the year based on the theme. The original art and the first few numbered copies, all uniquely framed, are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
- Fall Flambeau: This informal family oriented event is held at the Krewe of Gemini Den. Members move from float to float tasting the delicacies each float prepared, talking and sharing stories with friends, and enjoying a variety of activities designed for this special occasion.
- Twelfth Night: A unique event were all krewes in the Ark-La-Tex come together to celebrate the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. Admission is inexpensive and the participants make or renew acquaintances with friends, are introduced to royalty from all krewes, purchase unique merchandise, and dance the night away to a popular band.
- Grand Bal and Tableau: This black-tie event is the social event of the season. Tables are decorated and the stage is set for the Krewe of Gemini Royalty to dance and strut their way through the throngs in the fabulous costumes that are revealed for the first time. The tableau is followed by a dance with music provided by an outstanding regional or national band into the wee hours of the morning. In addition ... the bar is open!
- Float Loading: The night before the Krewe of Gemini Grand Parade, the float den is rocking with crowds flowing among the many floats, specially designed beads are exchanged, music is blaring, and riders are preparing for the next day's parade ... placing beads on their floats, loading bead racks, and sometimes even throwing beads to the excited attendees.
- Gemini Grand Parade: Early in the morning the floats are moved to the parade site and riders begin arriving in preparation for an amazing ride. Before the parade starts, riders move among the floats, share favorite food, and enjoy a fabulous impromptu party. Then the ride of your life-an unbelievable experience-begins. You look into the eyes of children, the outstretched arms of people yelling "Throw me something mister! ", and the huge throngs of people crowding your float. Oh what a fabulous gift to give to the community: excitement, joy, and pleasure for a day-uplifting to all in attendance.
- Cocktails With The Captain: Held in a local establishment, these monthly informal events are quickly becoming very popular. Open to all, new friendships are developed and interesting fun and games take place in a relaxed after-work environment.
- Monthly Meetings: On the third Monday of each month the Krewe conducts business in a relaxed but informative session. However, business is the reason for gathering and having another social, going out to dinner with friends, and just having a good time-maybe winning a door prize!