Blanc et Noir Marching Society Calls for More Marchers

The Blanc et Noir Marching Society, a traditional, New Orleans-style second line group who march at the head of the annual Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras Parade (scheduled to roll through Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10), have announced that they’re seeking more marchers to join their ranks. Last year’s Blanc et Noir group included more than 50 participants, most of whom danced or strutted the entire length of the three-mile parade route. The group’s website takes care to point out that those who can’t physically dance the entire three-mile route are also welcome, stating that “parents pushing strollers, people whose health is at the walking level rather than dancing level — you are entirely welcome in the parade.”

Members of the Blanc et Noir Marching Society second line during the 2012 Krewe of Highland Parade.

How do you join? Simply show up at Stir Tapas – located near the start of the parade at 3030 Creswell Ave. in Shreveport – between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. I’m no event organizer, but I’d suggest closer to 1 p.m. than 2 p.m., since the parade departs at 2 p.m. There is no fee to march with the Blanc et Noir folks, thanks to the support of generous sponsors. If you’re considering joining the second line group for their big day, you’ll want to read Blanc et Noir’s suggestions for parade-day attire, masks, face paint, etc. The society’s new website, www.benms.org, is recommended reading for anyone interested in learning more about the spirit of Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier.

Looking for more information on Mardi Gras events in Shreveport-Bossier? Request a copy of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s newest brochure, “The Gris-Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier,” by calling (888) 45-VISIT. Alternatively, check out the “Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex” section of the Shreveport-Bossier Fun Guide.

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