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 February 18. This year’s parade, a fixture of Natchitoches life for 25 years, featured 40 units led by the Krewe of Dionysos’ group of floats and joined by the Krewe of Excellence. The superb Natchitoches Central “Pride of the Tribe” Band provided a non-stop musical accompaniment to the festivities. The Lakeview High School Cheerleaders kept spirits high as they marched and danced along the route. Dance groups and community organizations rounded out the lineup.
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.