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!

 

Mardi Gras History

A Brief History of Mardi Gras:

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 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.
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Ark-La-Tex - 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-LaTex successful.

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, balls and celebrations of all kinds 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.

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 balls, it is the carnival krewe members for themselves and their guests-the thousands of visiting revelers.

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.

 

About

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.

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.