Highland Parade in Shreveport, LA

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!

Abbi & Ceci making their parade signs.
Abbi & Ceci making their parade signs.
Having fun with Daddy before the parade starts.
Having fun with Daddy before the parade starts.
This party is about to get started!
This party is about to get started!
Ceci was great at yelling "Throw me something, Mister!" Lexi was all smiles!
Ceci was great at yelling “Throw me something, Mister!” Lexi was all smiles!
I actually caught a FROG for my cousins. If you know me, you know I have serious phobia of those...things. This one was filled with candy that came out of its butt. Ew. Still a frog.
I actually caught a FROG for my cousins. If you know me, you know I have serious phobia of those…things. This one was filled with candy that came out of its butt. Ew. Still a frog.
This guy was so nice, he made sure the kiddos got some good throws.
This guy was so nice, he made sure the kiddos got some good throws.
More throws!
More throws!
Zombie Outbreak Response Team!
Zombie Outbreak Response Team!
Necromanor! Coming this Halloween 2015!
Necromanor! Coming this Halloween 2015!
Zombie Outbreak Response Team driver and support. Yep, he's a part of my plan.
Zombie Outbreak Response Team driver and support. Yep, he’s a part of my plan.
Michael got 2 hot dogs, the most coveted throw in the Highland Parade!
Michael got 2 hot dogs, the most coveted throw in the Highland Parade!
Time to eat some hot dogs!
Time to eat some hot dogs!
The horror float! Some of these folks used to help me out A LOT with the Zombie Walk, so I was glad to see them all!
The horror float! Some of these folks used to help me out A LOT with the Zombie Walk, so I was glad to see them all!
Highland Dancing Starlord...aka Me! I earned a lot of throws for my girls and I will do it again next year!
Highland Dancing Starlord…aka Me! I earned a lot of throws for my girls and I will do it again next year!
These girls and I ended up dancing our hearts out and they went home with lots of good stuff! #highlanddancingstarlord
These girls and I ended up dancing our hearts out and they went home with lots of good stuff! #highlanddancingstarlord

Make sure to check out www.thekreweofhighland.org to find out more about this AWESOME family-friendly, neighborhood parade!

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