Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser encourage tourism across Louisiana during Mardi Gras weekend


Thousands of people from around the world will flock to the Bayou State to let the good times roll this Mardi Gras weekend. And Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says New Orleans isn’t the only city that does it big…

“We went to Australia and New Zealand and promoted Mardi Gras all over Louisiana and we’re seeing people flying into Dallas renting cars and going to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier, north Louisiana.”

Nungesser says revelers can enjoy elaborate floats and entertainment at carnival celebrations in all corners of the state and in between. He points out there’s a Mardi Gras celebration for everyone in the Bayou State – no matter what you’re looking for…

“People want to get off the beaten path and see the Mamou Mardi Gras. Watch them throw the hot dogs in Shreveport. Every Mardi Gras is a little different and we’re encouraging people to come experience those different Mardi Gras all over Louisiana.”

More than 225,000 people attended Mardi Gras in Shreveport last year, according to a study conducted by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

Nungesser says visitors head to Lafayette, Lake Charles, Eunice and Alexandria to experience their unique family-friendly parades. And with a chance of inclement weather in the forecast this weekend, he says it might rain your parade but Louisianans knows how to adjust…

“You see the krewes and people riding and taking it in stride. A little rain never shuts us down. So we take any situation and turn it into a good time. And surely we’ve seen that leading up to Mardi Gras this year.”

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