24th Annual Minden Mardi Gras/Fasching parade scheduled for Saturday, February 5

Preparations have begun for the 24th Annual Minden Mardis Gras Parade sponsored by the Minden Main Street Program. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 5, with lineup at 3 p.m.  

The parade route will cover a 3.3 mile route which begins at the intersection of Germantown Road and Elm Street and winds through the Minden Historic District, Downtown and back to Germantown Road.

  • City Art Works will be offering free Mardi Gras mask making for the kids from 1:30-4:30pm.  Bring them down and let their artistic side shine!
  • Face painters will be set up in the Downtown area from 2 p.m. until the parade begins. 
  • On Saturday, families are encouraged to tailgate along the parade route.  
  • Serving as Grand Marshals will be Minden’s Man and Woman of Year, Jake Chapman and Tokia Whiting-Harrison.
  • Judging for the parade entries will be set up in front of City Hall at 520 Broadway in Historic Downtown Minden. Categories are as follows: 

1) Most Spirited Group

2) Sweepstakes Winner (Best Overall) 

3) Best Small Float

4) Best Marching Group

5) Most Original (Creative) Entry.  

Although there is no cash prize, winners receive a trophy and bragging rights for the rest of the year.

All are invited to participate in the parade by entering a float in the lineup. Parade entrants are asked to preregister by January 28 through Minden City Hall.  Only those entries that register in advance will be permitted to parade. Entry forms may be found on the Main Street page of the mindenla.org website for online registration, requested by email, picked up at Minden City Hall, or at the Webster Parish Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Office.  

“Fasching” or the “Fifth Season” is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras which officially began on November 11 at 11:11 a.m.  Minden’s parade takes place during the Fasching Fifth Season, which ends on Shrove Tuesday.