Christmas is gone, and Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras 2020 is making a bold entrance into the New Year. Before we know it, beads will be flying across Shreveport-Bossier for the carnival season. Navigate your way through all the festivities with the all-new Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier. This free brochure is the ultimate handbook that navigates locals and visitors through six parade routes, eight grand bals, six king cake bakeries, seven authentic Louisiana restaurants and more.

This 20-page, photo-forward guide is a handheld jewel that steers its users through all-things Mardi Gras in the Shreveport-Bossier area, from early January through late February. The Gris Gris Guide’s table of contents includes Mardi Gras parade schedules, parade tips, float loading parties, bals, lagniappe events, souvenirs, king cakes, and more to help the user experience Mardi Gras like a local.

Chris Jay, blogger, adds a local flair to the Gris Gris Guide by sharing insight on the krewe members’ “trash jackets.” In the guide, Jay explains these “trash jackets” as “...festively decorated tuxedo jackets that start out as last season’s formalwear before being covered in colorful pins, patches, stitching and doo-dads.” He also expounds on the significance of the jackets and encourages readers to create their own.

Pronounced “grē grē,” the brochure’s title derives from the New Orleans gris-gris traditions, which is a voodoo spell that may cause a feeling of exuberance and joy, and may bring an outlook on life that is more positive and hopeful. True to the brochure’s namesake, Shreveport-Bossier throws the best family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration in the state. Attendees can make this Louisiana carnival their own by catching beads at the parades, tasting king cakes and gumbo at local eateries, or dancing past midnight at a festive ball. Say less. Let’s Mardi Gras, Y’all!

Free copies of the Gris Gris Guide are available at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, located at 629 Spring Street in downtown Shreveport. For a digital copy of the guide, visit For more information about Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier, visit