Each Mardi Gras season in Shreveport-Bossier, there are always some smaller, off-the-beaten-path festivities that pop up in the days before or after major parade weekends. In the language of Louisiana, these events would probably be considered “lagniappe” – not the main attraction, but a little something extra. With the Krewe of Centaur XXIII just around the corner (the Krewe of Centaur parade will roll at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22), lots of these fun, last-minute celebrations are being added to local event calendars. Here are a few that caught my eye:
Super Water Sympathy’s Mardi Gras Pre-Party
Friday, Feb. 21, Doors at 9 p.m. (Ages 21 and up)
Phoenix Underground, 600 Market Street
Popular local rock band Super Water Sympathy will perform an unusual live set on Friday night, featuring a brass section accompanying the band in a tribute to Carnival season. That brass section will include the talented John Howe, of A-Train fame. Admission is $10, and “reggae space rock” group The Dubonauts will open the show at 10 p.m.
The Krewe of Centaur’s Post-Parade Party at Sam’s Town Live
Featuring a live performance by Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns
Saturday, Feb. 22, Doors at 7 p.m., Zydeco expected around 10 p.m. (Ages 21 and up)
Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino Shreveport
The Krewe of Centaur folks have organized a public post-party celebration at Sam’s Town Live following the Krewe of Centaur parade on Saturday, Feb. 22, and they’ve been kind enough to book a Zydeco band, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns, who are expected to take the stage at 10 p.m. A quick glance at Bergeron’s recent performance schedule leads me to believe he’s the real deal. Anyone who has recently performed in the parking lot of a bar in Youngsville is, most definitely, a true Cajun.
The Port City Runners’ Courir De Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Run (Facebook Link)
Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Departing from the parking lot of Shreve Memorial Library’s Broadmoor Branch
The Port City Runners, a group of local running enthusiasts who previously organized something called “The Christmas Carol Beer Butt Run,” are back with a Fat Tuesday run inspired by traditional Cajun Courir de Mardi Gras celebrations. During a Courir de Mardi Gras, ornately-costumed celebrants on horseback and on foot travel from house to house, causing a ruckus and begging for ingredients that will later be used to cook a large communal meal. That seems to be the plan for this group (minus the horses), as their Facebook event states: “We are still working out the details but I am pretty sure it will involve: running, singing, dancing, maybe second lining, and begging. Get ready.”
Runners are encouraged to wear masks and costumes.
For more information on Carnival season events, visit www.sbfunguide.com.