I live in a wonderful neighborhood in Shreveport, LA – it’s called Highland. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in town and the people who populate it come from all walks of life. I am moving to a more rural part of town in a couple of weeks, however, I will always remember the over 3 years I lived in Highland, and I will always come back in February for the Mardi Gras Parade.
The Highland Parade has become one of the biggest and most well-attended Mardi Gras parades in Shreveport. It starts at 2 pm on a Sunday aftertnoon, making its way through the neighborhood. It wraps up in a few hours (depending on where you stand along the route) and everyone goes back home to sort through the many, many awesome throws, have a good meal and settle in for the night. Some people continue the party, however, I am not off of work today! Luckily, all kiddos are not in school due to the President’s Day holiday.
wE MADE the 3 block trek to our “spot,” which was on the sidewalk in front of my friends Doug & Christina’s house. Their home is also known as the “haunted house” in Highland, located on Olive Street & adorned with a sign that says “Olive Street Oddities.” They always have a big party to celebrate Halloween, and now, the Highland Parade.
Before the parade, my niece Lexi and my cousin Michael and his twin girls, who are almost 5 years old, came over to my house for a backyard parade “pre-party.” We ate king cake, Zapp’s chips & had our fill of water & sodas to get our energy going. I knew that in order to make sure Lexi, Abbi & Ceci got plenty of goodies thrown their way, I was gonna have to put on my Starlord mask and bust-a-move. We had such a great time. Everyone was generous with their throws & those little girls just held up their signs, while Lexi, Michael and I gathered up their loot & filled up the back of the bicycle stroller.
Check out the pictures below!
Make sure to check out www.thekreweofhighland.org to find out more about this AWESOME family-friendly, neighborhood parade!