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Krewe of Highland parade embraces its quirkiness

The family-oriented parade with the curious throws is set to roll Sunday, Feb 10. The Krewe of Highland has added about a mile to its parade route that wends through Shreveport's Highland neighborhood. Krewe Captain LeVette Fuller said there are more than 100 entries in this year’s parade. The Krewe's signature throws will return, including hot dogs, MoonPies, and stuffed animals. Fuller has thrown some crazy things to revelers over the years.

Krewe of Highland Captain LeVette Fuller appreciates her Krewe's quirkiness and its allegiance to an inner-city Shreveport neighborhood.
Krewe of Highland Captain LeVette Fuller appreciates her Krewe's quirkiness and its allegiance to an inner-city Shreveport neighborhood.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

“I think a lot of people like to keep their fun throws secret though," Fuller said. "One year, I rode on a float and had no idea we were going to have spaghetti and meatballs in Ziploc bags. One year, I had a friend who was riding with me, and I didn’t know she had gone to get tacos that morning and threw like 300 tacos.”

Fuller likes that the Krewe doesn’t take itself too seriously, and puts on an eclectic parade. She also appreciates its passion for an old, inner-city neighborhood.

“It means a lot to me that you can see our historic, diverse neighborhood," Fuller said. "We’re diverse culturally and economically, and we can all get together and celebrate. You don’t have to live in Highland to be a member, you just have to care about the center of town.”

The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. In its 18th year, the theme is Rebel, Rebel. And it will be leaning on all such defiers of convention with an 80 percent chance of rain.