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Arena Football - Bossier City Battle Wings

If you like football, you'll love arena football. Starting their inaugural season in April of 2001, the Battle Wings have brought the hard hitting, high scoring action of the Arena Football 2 league to the Bossier/Shreveport area. Playing their home games in Bossier City's CenturyTel Center throughout the summer months, this team has come to play, and come to stay. The game is played on a field only 50 yards long, and with boards for sidelines!! All home games are played on Saturday's at 7:05 p.m.

For more information call (318) 752-2847, or visit their Web site at www.battlewings.com.

Baseball - Shreveport Sports

Discount Tickets are available through Tickets and Travel. You can contact them at 456-1866

For more information call Phone:(318)636-5555 Toll Free:(800)467-3230 , or visit their web site at http://www.shreveportsports.com/.

Hockey - Bossier/Shreveport Mudbugs

Champions of the Western Professional Hockey League three times over, the Bossier/Shreveport Mudbugs are one of the premier AA hockey clubs in the United States today. It's been a few short years since these cities were exposed to the game of hockey, but the community has embraced the sport and the individuals who play it. When there is a game at CenturyTel Center the fans come out in full force, with Bossier/Shreveport having one of the highest attendance records in the league. People don their puck heads and jerseys, and paint their faces to cheer the players on. Hockey season isn't where the action stops, though. Many of the players stay in the Bossier/Shreveport area throughout the summer months and hold clinics to teach children about the game of hockey.

For more information call 752-2847 or visit the Mudbugs web site at www.mudbugshockey.com.

Holiday In Dixie

Holiday In Dixie is a statewide celebration of the Louisiana Purchase, made on April 30th, 1803. It is a 10 day celebration that includes parades, cotillion balls, a treasure hunt, art shows, contests, tournaments and a carnival.

In the midst of the celebration, Barksdale participates by celebrating it's storied history and community involvement with the Barksdale Air Show. The show usually consists of several aerial demonstrations by teams such as the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, or Golden Knights. Seeing over 400,000 civilians annually during the two day celebration, the base is host to visitors from across the country. For those military or retired members wishing to lodge on base, availability is extremely limited, and reservations can only be made 24 hours in advance. Those individuals on orders have priority.

For more information on Holiday In Dixie visit www.holidayindixie.com, for more information on the Barksdale Air Show visit www.barksdaleairshow.com.

Independence Bowl

College football is a mainstay of the New Years celebration, and Shreveport is no exception to the rule. Every New Years Eve the parking lot at Independence Stadium fills and the party begins. Surrounded by pep rallies, luncheons, competitions and pageantry, the game brings the city to life. It's an adventure to experience! In probably the most memorable Independence Bowl in recent history, during the game on Dec 31 2000 players couldn't see the field for the snow as Shreveport had 3 inches dumped on the city in a matter of 2 hours. During half-time the General Omar Bradley Spirit of Independence award is presented at half time.

For more information check out www.independencebowl.org

The Louisiana State Fair

Listed among the top state fairs in the country, this fair draws more than 600,000 people annually each October. The fair features rides shows, educational exhibits, displays, livestock, agricultural and arts and crafts competitions. The events are held at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, just outside of downtown Shreveport off of I-20.

For more information contact the State Fairgrounds Office at (318) 635-1361 or visit their web site at www.statefairoflouisiana.com.

Mardi Gras

People throughout all of Louisiana celebrate Mardi Gras in February with parades, parties and more. The tradition dates back to 1837 when the first street parade took place in New Orleans. However, the first formal celebration was pioneered by the Mystic Krewe of Comus in 1857.

Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday" is a pre-Lenten festival celebration in Roman Catholic countries and communities. The first official Mardi Gras celebration in Shreveport-Bossier was organized by the Krewe of Gemini in 1990. Since then, the concept has continued to grow. Shreveport-Bossier features two major krewe parades, Gemini and Centaur, as well as a variety of other smaller krewe activities. Although it is in no way a New Orleans style bash, the parade is an excellent family outing. People from all over the Ark-La-Tex visit and gather in the streets to partake in the festivities. Barksdale's float participates in both parades each year.

Regardless of whether you celebrate in Shreveport-Bossier or New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a time for people to get together and enjoy the festivals. "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" - Let the good times roll!

For more information about Shreveport's Krewe of Gemini call (318) 741-9264 or visit www.kreweofgemini.com for information about the Krewe of Centaur call (318) 677-4222 or visit www.kreweofcentaur.org.

Mudbug Madness

In the spring all of the Shreveport-Bossier citizens hit the streets to enjoy the most notable of cajun cuisines....the crawfish. This celebration has a carnival like atmosphere, and is just the thing to revitalize your spirit after the cold winter months. If you haven't tried it, don't be intimidated by the look of the mudbug. Looks are one think, but taste is something totally different. It is by far one of the best cajun foods available in the area, and the spring is the best time to get them. In fact, many people look forward to the springtime for just that reason. The festival is centered in downtown Shreveport at Festival Plaza, just off of Traffic St., and includes a variety of cajun foods, music, and children activities.

For more information check out www.mudbugmadness.com

Red River Rally

This late spring/early summer festival is in honor of the country's balloonists. Every year several hot air balloon teams gather in Shreveport for the Red River Rally. The teams arrive bright and early for their flight brief, and the festivities begin following that. Most of the balloon chase teams consist of experienced team members that arrive with the balloonists, and local volunteers who are along for the ride to experience the activities and traditions beyond the mere flight of the balloon. Back at the launch site there is carnival type entertainment and music performed by local artists. The culmination of the festival is the balloon lighting, which takes place at dusk. All of the balloons are inflated on the field, and all at once they light up the darkness in a beautiful display of color, resembling giant Chinese lanterns. The sight is completely breathtaking.

For more information check out www.redriverrally.com.

Red River Revel

The Red River Revel is held the first week of October and brings to life the spirit of the native arts and crafts. Held at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport, it features artists of all types. Painters, potters, weavers, jewelers, musicians, theater, ballet, and clowns all gather to celebrate the rich heritage of the people of Louisiana. While at the festival you can sample a taste of a variety of ethnic foods and visit any of several workshops.

For more information check out www.redriverrevel.com.

Sci-Port Discovery Center

One of the best family attractions in the area is the Sci-Port Discovery Center. Housed in one of the more uniquely designed buildings found in downtown Shreveport, it is a "hands-on" science and learning center featuring exciting interactive exhibits and fascinating demonstrations for children and adults alike. You'll be busy for hours exploring this 67,000 square foot facility which features a 60 foot tall IMAX dome theater, five permanent exhibit galleries, a demonstration theater, traveling exhibit gallery, cafe and gift shop. The center is open seven days a week with demonstrations on a variety of topics for the whole family.

For more information call (318)424-8678 or visit www.sciport.org.  

Red River District

The Red River District is one of the premier restaurant, entertainment, and retail developments in Louisiana. National, regional and local tenants will provide an exciting mix throughout the District.

The Red River District's concept is to enhance the culture, music, food and heritage of Louisiana and East Texas. There is no region in America where culture and music are more emulated then that of the south, and no area in the South as diverse in those aspects as Louisiana. 

The Red River District is located in Downtown Shreveport, adjacent to the Red River. Shreveport is within a 200-mile radius of Dallas, Baton Rouge and Little Rock. Downtown Shreveport is one of Louisiana's most ambitious and fastest growing areas. It is Shreveport's center of banking, law, government, riverboat gaming and arts. Musical entertainment, festivals, museums, parks and historic architecture combine to make Downtown Shreveport an exciting regional destination. The Red River District encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of gross lease able space, with approximately 2,000 spaces within walking distance of the venues.

For more information about Red River District please check out their web page at http://www.redriverentertainment.com/.

Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary

Yogie and Friends is a sanctuary (refuge) for big exotic cats. We are a facility that provides these beautiful big cats a permanent home. The cats are not sold, transferred or bred nor are they required to work for a living. These cats enjoy a good life and will remain with us for as long as they live. With your support we can continue to save, care for and protect these helpless big cats. We must announce that there is now a fee of $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children between ages 4 and 12, children 3 and under are admitted free. We are now closed for the season. We will reopen the first weekend in April (weather permitting).We are located 22 miles out of the West Gate on I-49.

For more information call 318-795-0455 or visit the Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary web site at www.yogieandfriends.org.