Mardi Gras fever will take over Minden Saturday as the 18th annual Fasching Karneval and Parade get underway.
Serving as this year’s grand marshal will be KTBS Channel 3’s Rick Rowe. A reporter for the news station for 35 years, he has reported stories from angles many may not think about in daily life.
Known for his knack for story-telling, Rowe said he is honored to serve as this year’s grand marshal.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be the grand marshal,” he said in an email to the Press-Herald. “I have done so many wonderful stories in Minden and Webster Parish, and met the absolute best and nicest people. I am proud to call many of them friends. I’ve also heard so many fantastic reports about this parade. It’s one of the best in the Ark-La-Tex. I can’t wait to come down those red bricks of Main Street.”
While revelers await the many trinkets that will surely come their way, this year’s parade touts more entries than ever before since its inception. With roughly 50 entrants, the parade’s route will begin at Germantown Road and Victory Drive. Lineup will be on the north side of Germantown Road from Victory Drive to Harper School for floats and down Kennon Street for vehicles.
Check-in for entrants will be in the vicinity of Germantown Road and Country Club Circle. Line up is at 4 p.m., with the parade beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“We look forward to the community being able to enjoy a wonderful day in Minden,” Catherine Hunt, parade chair, said.
“There will be plenty of activities for children of all ages, from face-painting, balloons, magic, clowns, jugglers, stilt-walkers and even a chance to make your very own Mardi Gras mask with glitter and feathers to wear.”
The karneval and parade are sponsored by Minden Main Street and is funded in part by the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more information, or for more instructions, contact Catherine Hunt, parade chair at 318-268-0854, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Renae Simmons at email@example.com or Minden City Hall, Wanda Pittman at 377-2144, extension 433.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(All activities are free)
Under the Ash tree downtown:
Noon until 6 p.m.: Jelly the Clown, balloon art for the children
Noon until 6 p.m.: Face painting
4 until 6 p.m.: Juggler, Stilt walker and hula hooper
Noon until 4 p.m.: Mardi Gras mask making
3:30 until 6 p.m.: Fanci Facez
4 until 6 p.m.: Stilt walker
2 until 6 p.m.: David Wonders, Balloon art for children and magic show