2024 Krewe of Gemini Parade XXXV
Shreveport-Bossier is rolling into another parade weekend! Krewe of Gemini will host its 35th parade on Saturday, February 10th, beginning at Clyde Fant Parkway at 2:45 p.m. The parade will consist of masked revelers on floats, marchers and everyone’s favorite Shriner’s cars responding to the age old cry “Throw me something, Mister!” Beads, toys, trinkets and polystones will be tossed to parade goers. Under the right conditions, the Krewe of Gemini parade draws between 300,000 and 500,000 spectators each year along the 5½ mile parade route. All the world loves a parade and Shreveport-Bossier is no exception!
Prior to Saturday, there will be a float loading party on Friday, February 9th, from 5-8 p.m., at the Krewe of Gemini Den, located at 2101 E Texas Street, in Bossier City. The Blessing of the Floats will take place at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend, as this is a chance to see the floats up close and personal, meet the 2024 royalty and snag some great Gemini polystones and swag!
This year’s Krewe of Gemini theme is Reality And Fantasy, featuring between 40 -50 parade entries. The massive parade proceeds along Shreveport’s parade route, which follows Clyde Fant Parkway south from downtown Shreveport, turns right onto Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and ends in the Broadmoor neighborhood at East Kings Highway Park. Parade Chair Patrick Gallagher said, “We’re excited about the parade. There will be tons of throws and beads. Many floats have specialty items they are going to throw. So look out for those!”
The 2024 Parade Grand Marshal will be Chief Master Sargeant Melvina A. Smith! Chief Smith is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), and Air Forces Strategic-Air, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base. She is the senior enlisted leader responsible to the commander on matters concerning the welfare of the command’s Airmen. Krewe of Gemini members “are honored to have Chief Smith as their 2024 Grand Marshal. She is the Reality that lets us have our Fantasy.”
In addition to the Grand Marshal, be on the lookout for parade royalty including but not limited to the Krewe of Gemini Captain Tom Wyche, Krewe of Gemini King Roger Lites and Krewe of Gemini Queen Amy Reeves.