UPDATE 2/18/2012: Due to the major rain in Natchitoches the Krewe of Dionysos has BEEN CANCELED & will not be rescheduled. Krewe of Waguns will roll on Sunday February 19, 2012 at 2pm.
Are you ready for Mardi Gras? Natchitoches Krewe of Dionysus is ready for you! Formed in 1995 the Krewe of Dionysus has over 300 members and a dozen or more super float set to hand out thousands of beads, cups, and medallions while local marching bands keep the beat. Natchitoches Louisiana is a family oriented community that offers all the celebration and spectacle of a Mardi Gras parade without the dangerous crowds and packed surroundings of New Orleans. Natchitoches, also known for its world famous Christmas Festival, has been highlighted in several films and television movies and strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment to celebrate this unique holiday and celebration of life.
The parade will take place on February 18th 2012 around 5:30pm. The Dionysus Krewe will gather on Hwy 1 South Drive for their floating party earlier in the day and families are encouraged to join them and gather and tail gate with friends. The route continues down Hwy 1 South Drive and then cuts across the Keyser bridge to continue onto Jefferson St. and head into the Historic Downtown of Natchitoches. The Parade will continue through the Historic district and offer families, tourists, locals, and out of towners a perfect vantage point to raise your arms and chant ‘Throw me something mister!’
The day will kick off with the unique Wag-uns Parade, which will highlight local pet lovers and their family friends as they stroll down the street and throw their own brand of beads and treasures to cheering observers. The Wag-uns Parade will begin at 1:00pm at the Bank of Montgomery on Washington Street and wind through the historic downtown areas. Children and pet owners are encouraged to attend and even participate with a minimal $5 registration fee. After the main Dionysus Krewe parade the party will continue on Front street and the river bank as the Jazz Cats, sponsored by Natchitoches Main Street, will provide music and fun suitable for all ages. If your are hungry or in need to shop, Front Street provides a wide variety of food and unique shops that will provide items only found in our heritage rich community. So come out and join us in our celebration of fun and excitement. Join in our all day event and celebrate our love for life as you experience original Louisiana music, food, and heritage at the Krewe of Dionysus parade February 18th 2012!