Festivals in Shreveport


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  • Independence Bowl
    The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, named as a tribute to the military presence in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, pits pigskin players from the Atlantic Coast Conference against their Mountain West Conference counterparts in a hard-hitting college football matchup. For this year's game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6) will take on the Air Force Falcons (8-4) in a battle between the two of the nation's best rushing attacks. Watch elusive Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen try to outgain Air Force running back Asher Clark, who's been equipped by the military with helicopter blades to glide over Georgia Tech's linebackers. With a south end-zone seat, you'll watch the game from the quarterback?s perspective, without having the responsibility of leading offensive plays or maneuvering gracefully in shoulder pads.
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    401 South Market Street
    Shreveport, LA US
  • Mudbug Madness Festival
    Since 1984, Shreveport has paid tribute to a cherished Louisiana tradition—the crawfish boil—with its annual Mudbug Madness Festival. As many as 56,000 people flock each day to what has blossomed into one of the state’s most popular Cajun festivals, where they nosh on succulent seafood and compete in crawfish-eating contests that encourage participants to test their stomach size and sabotage their opponents by sneaking lobsters into their bowls. “One year, we had a man eat 42 pounds of crawfish in 30 minutes,” marvels festival coordinator Melanie. “We’ve cut it down to 15 minutes since then.” In addition to eating crustaceans, attendees can also lure them across the stage during crawdad-calling contests. “It gets really lively,” Melanie says, describing how the sirens-in-training are allowed to do nearly anything they can think of to entice the crawfish into their reach. Cajun, zydeco, and jazz tunes waft through the air during the festivities, emanating from three stages helmed by headliners such as Wayne Toups, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Super Water Sympathy, and Windstorm. The rhythms reach the ears of shoppers browsing original artwork and handmade jewelry in the arts area, expanded after previous years' success. On Thursday, local athletes can work up an appetite in the 5K race. Children of all ages burn off energy in the kids' area, where they can somersault in the bounce house, tackle art projects, or plop down in front of a stage where magicians and storytellers keep their young minds off the uncertain fate of lollipop futures.
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    101 Crockett St, Festival Plaza
    Shreveport, LA US
  • Marshall Visual Art Center
    Two-time Grammy Award?winner Rita Coolidge brandishes her dulcet tones and musical pedigree to celebrate the Wonderland of Lights Festival's 25th anniversary with a collaborative holiday-music performance. Under the direction of Stephen L. Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Music at Wiley College, the school's a cappella choir blends its melodious harmonies with Rita Coolidge's lead vocalizations as they collectively croon Christmas standards, holiday classics, and famous ballads penned by prodigious reindeer. Marshall Visual Art Center welcomes up to 350 concert-goers in the venue's large, open room with twinkle lights dotting the ceiling at night and unemployed flashlights during eclipses.
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    208 E Burleson St
    Marshall, TX US

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