Thursday, February 16, 2006

The 11th Hour is the theme for the Krewe of Highland Parade 2006, Shreveport; parade rolls Sun, Feb 26

The Krewe of Highland is one of Shreveport's grassroots successes of the turn of this century. Unlike the parades hosted by the Geminians and Centaurians, the Highlanders are low-key, funky (see Float Entries, below) and full of satirical arrows. This is the rare parade where beads are returned to the floats as the parade is in progress. Physicians, rednecks (did I say that?) and the less well-endowed join forces to party through a checkered, if vital, neighborhood.

Here's the Krewe of Highland dope for 06:

BAL MASQUE XI: Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Avenue. Tickets ($35.00 for Krewe members, $45.00 for non-Krewe members) available at Columbia Café, Northwest corner of Kings and Creswell, 425-3862. Music: the RnB dance band Powerhouse. Dress—masque, with formal attire or costume. Breakfast after the bal at Columbia Café, $15.

Parade X1: Sunday, February 26, 2:00 p.m., beginning at Kings Highway and Creswell Avenue. The parade will roll north along Creswell Avenue to Herndon Street, then east to Highland Avenue, then south along Highland to Olive Street, then east on Olive to Centenary Boulevard, then south on Centenary across Kings Highway to Gladstone Boulevard, then west on Gladstone to end at Creswell. The Carnival de Columbia takes place at Columbia Park immediately after the parade. Shimmy to music by award-winning group Dirtfoot.

Royalty: King XI: Trey Baucum; Queen XI: Kathleen Clark; Captain XI: Mary Brownfield; Grand Marshal XI: Sherry Allen; Duke and Duchess of Dalzell: Harvey Dillahunty, Linda Sinitiere.

To enter a Float: Call Chuck Reid, 869-4897, 518-6042. Entry fees:
* floats rented from other Krewes ($150 for large, $100 for medium and $50 for band floats)
* Motorized floats $45
* Automobiles $15
* Motorcycles-Mowers-Go-Carts-Fourwheelers $10
* Walkers & Bicyclists $5.
Send check with float name, address and contact person and phone number to Krewe of Highland, 810 Wilkinson Street, Shreveport, LA 71104. There will be a FLOAT MEETING for drivers at the Highland Center, 520 Olive Street, Board Room #1, Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.

Floats begin staging at 10:00 a.m. at Byrd High and Gladstone Street on parade day. At least one member of your float must be a member of the Krewe of Highland!

TO JOIN THE KREWE OF HIGHLAND: Annual membership rates: Individual, $10; Family, Club or Organization, $25; Sponsors $250. Make checks payable to Krewe of Highland, 810 Wilkinson Street, Shreveport, LA 71104.

More Information - Chuck Reid, Parade Chairman, 869-4897, 518-6042; or Cyndie Reid, Bal Chairman, 869-4897, 272-0166. Thanks to Robert Marak of the Highland Area Partnership for the story.

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