Welcome to the Krewe of Centaur's Membership Page. The Krewe of Centaur membership is open to the general public so reserve a place at the Party and on a float today!
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Why should I join the Krewe?
The Krewe of Centaur is a non-profit organization, established in 1991, dedicated to the following goals:
First of all it is FUN! We are known far and wide as the "Fun Krewe"! The parties, the grand Bals, the throngs of crowds begging for your attention, the new friends and relationships, just good times and memories!
Most of the people in the Krewe joined knowing few if any people in the Krewe. They joined just because this is something they wanted to be a part of. Life today keeps us busy with job and home responsiblities; we don't have the time to develop friendships. People are looking for organizations where they can develop friendships, let their hair down a little, have some fun and help their community all at the same time. The Krewe of Centaur offers this to every member.
You will be surprised just how little it does cost to be a member of the Krewe of Centaur, the largest Mardi Gras Krewe in north Louisiana. Dues are only $150 per person a year ($100 membership and a $50 den assessment). Membership includes the opportunity to ride a throwing float (beads are extra) or be in a walking - marching group in the parade, attendance to monthly meetings, full voting privileges, Krewe parade liability insurance, Float Den rental discounts, monthly newsletters, float group parties and events throughout the year, discounted ticket costs to Krewe parties and events through out the year (past years included Centaur nights at the Captains and Mudbug games, the Centaur Day at LA Downs). Our big events each year include the Centaur Mid-Way to Mardi Gras Party, the Centaur Halloween Party, the Centaur Grand Bal, the Centaur Golf Tournament, the free float loading party the night before the parade and float staging party the day of the parade.
Yearly membership runs from April 1 through March 31, every year, so the sooner you join the more value you receive. Due to our membership size, in excess of 500 members, float ridership privileges are a treasured and are becomming harder and harder to come by so the sooner you join in the new Mardi Gras year, and sign up for a position, the more likely it is you will find a float position.
How do I join?
The easiest way to join the Krewe of Centaur is by signing up using our Online Membership Form. You can also sign up at one of our monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month, at 6:30 pm, at the NEW DEN at the Krewe of Centaur property on North Market at Aero Drive, in Shreveport. Ask for a membership form at the door or just come in and visit a while.
Riding a Float and throwing to the throngs of eager people is one great thrill of a life time. But, ridership is a privilege not a right of Krewe membership. Because we have a large membership there is a limited number of rider positions open each year, so joining early and signing up for a position early is the best way of assuring yourself of a position on a float in this years parade. You can sign up for a position at any Krewe meeting or by indicating your desire to be assigned to a float on your membership form.
Float costs include purchasing a minimum Krewe throw package and costume costs. These costs may change from year to year or may depend upon your float group. Since each float designs and produces their costume each year some may be more costly than others. Each float group may decide to throw a specialty throw in addition to the basic throw package. Also, the float group may ask for a special fee to do something really spectacular on their float in a particular year that is in excess of the basic decoration budget provided by the Krewe. These are also reasons to get on a float as soon as possible and participate in the groups meetings and activities, so you can have a say in what the total costs are. Basic throw packages for adult members is $300. A deposit of half the cost is due by the Krewe's June membership meeting and the remainder is due by the Krewe's October membership meeting. You should expect an average costume cost of $50.
Once you are have been assigned a float throwing position on a float you can expect to keep that position as long as you want it, that is if you renew your membership each year by May 1st, you make your throw payments on time and adhere to the Krewe's parade rules and regulations. The Board of Directors does reserve the right to change riding positions, but these instances are rare and only done in the best interest of the Krewe.
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM
Our online membership - dues payment, for new members and returning-renewing members is handled through our 'sister' web site The Bead Room, Centaur's NEW online store. By clicking the below link, you will be taken to the Bead Room where you can select the product you want to purchase (Annual Dues and/or Bead Throw Package... you don't have to purchase both now.) After making your selection, you'll be required to register (or log in if you have registered already) and enter your credit card information. This registration will become your application information for membership in the Krewe. After completing your order check out, that information will be transferred to the Krewe Treasurer, and you'll be contact by the Membership Committee.
Keep in mind that registration information (username and password) in the Bead Room is separate from your log in at this site (you can use the same info, just the two sites don't exchange that info.)
Welcome to the Krewe of Centaur!
OR ... you can download the Membership Form here (PDF format), complete it and bring it to the next meeting or mail it in with your dues payment.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:07|
Website Upgrade : READY! ... (Pay DUES online!)
You can Pay DUES and Throws online! You can BUY event tickets online!
For those wanting to pay DUES online and pay for Throw Packages online ... give it a try. You can also now buy EVENT TICKETS online.
If you have already paid your membership dues, (meaning paid directly to the Treasurer in a meeting or mailed in a check), we may have already batch uploaded your information and registered you on the website. (There are still SEVERAL that have not yet been manually uploaded, and there are registered members that had errors, and show to be Non-members. We will manually correct those as time permits.) If you are REGISTERED, whether as Paid Member or not, we encourage you to log in, and make sure your address and phone # are correct, and update your profile as needed.
FOR NON-MEMBERS, you don't have to be a Krewe Member to purchase EVENT TICKETS online. But, you do have to REGISTER. Select the tickets you need from the list in the far right hand column, and part of the CHECK OUT PROCESS, will include completing a registration.
Here are some things that you MUST have and use in the registration process, and dues payment process, and throw package purchase, to complete the online purchase:
- ... A credit card (Visa, MC, Discover, Paypal)
- ... Complete address and phone # (these are not VISIBLE to others, unless you want them to be)
- ... A UNIQUE email address (unfortunately, couples cannot SHARE an email address... so go to yahoo, or gmail, etc and get a free one, if you need one. If you can't figure that out, contact the webmaster and he'll get you one.)
- ... Click on Register or Login to start the process. If you have an existing username & password, it is still valid. If you can't remember either, click the Forgot Logon button. If you are brand new, click Register.
- Dues Payment must be done one profile at a time. You cannot pay for multiple members with 1 log in.
- THROW PACKAGES: You CAN pay for multiple throw packages for multiple members, through 1 member's profile. Click the products in the far right hand column (Adult Throw, 1/2 Adult Throw, Child Throw, or EVENT TICKETS). Be sure to put in NOTES about What and for WHOM you are paying for.
- ... Part of the registration process, will cause the website to SEND YOU an email. Some email providers will mistakenly BLOCK our email as if it were SPAM. if you don't get an email reply to your registration attempt, check your SPAM box. A reply to that email is REQUIRED to complete registration. Be sure to include webmaster@KreweOfCentaur.org as a 'friendly' address in your 'friends list', 'white list', or NOT SPAM list, that your email provider makes available to you. Please avoid attempting to register multiple times. These duplicates will have to be deleted.
If you do have problems ... be patient - stay calm ... send a request for help to the webmaster at: Webmaster@KreweOfCentaur.org .
Here is a Registration-Tutorial (in PDF format) that you might find helpful. It shows the steps to Register, Pay Dues, and Purchase the Throw Package..... Click here to download it.