By Kevin Shannahan
The streets of Natchitoches were lined by thousands of area residents and visitors who came to be a part of what has rapidly become one of the most enjoyable events in our city, the Krewe of Dionysos Mardi Gras parade on March 2. The parade, a fixture of Natchitoches life for over 20 years, featured the Krewe of Dionysos, the Krewe of Excellence, as well as the Red River High School Band, the Shriners and other local groups. The Lakeview High School Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard led the parade as it has done for the past several years.
The krewe members on the colorfully decorated floats drew from a seemingly endless supply of beads and trinkets for the delighted crowd. Mardi Gras parades are one of the things that makes life in Louisiana so special. Natchitoches’ parade is a true delight for bead aficionados of all ages.