The Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants have arrived in Shreveport, and the Mardi Gras season returned Monday for one more go-round in honor of the special guests.
The Miss USA and Miss Teen USA national events will be in Shreveport-Bossier City this month. The Miss Teen USA finals are May 18 and the Miss USA finals are May 21.
The contestants arrived in Shreveport-Bossier City over the weekend and on Monday afternoon, the cities rolled out the red-carpet treatment for the 102 competitors.
The Mardi Gras in May Parade, presented by BOM, cruised along Texas Street in downtown Shreveport for a 30-minute lunchtime parade.
Food trucks and vendors set up shop in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse and local businesses welcomed the parade-goers before the parade.
Sirens rang out from law enforcement vehicles to signal the start of the beginning.
A large American flag was raised by firefighters in honor of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants.
The procession featured the guests of honor the 2018 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants, plus the 2017 reigning winners Miss USA Kára McCullough and Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff.
Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker and Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, plus additional dignitaries, law enforcement, government agencies and nonprofits rode along the route.
Local Mardi Gras krewes strutted through on foot and motored through on their decorated floats. Booker T. Washington High School and Parkway High School marching bands assisted with bringing the energy to the festivity.
The crowds lined both sides of Texas Street, including young students and their teachers, cheerleaders, downtown workforce and residents and other community members of all ages. Some waved signs in support of their favorite state and contestant.
The revelers cheered in celebration with hands outstretched primed to catch beads, toys, candy, hot dogs, cups and other goodies thrown by the riders.
At the end of the parade, attendees were seen carting away their treasures by the armful.
Original article appeared on Shreveport Times