SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Before kickoff of the 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, there’s plenty of fun planned for Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Many fan experiences are bigger and better than past years.
The annual Mardi Gras Preview Parade will march down the Louisiana Boardwalk into downtown Shreveport and the Red River District starting at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night. This year’s parade will feature 40 positions, 15 floats, Temple and Duke’s marching bands and spirit squads and a long list of VIP’s like Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Grand Marshal Chef John Folse.
“In the past, we’ve had a very small 4 float parade. This year it incorporates all the Krewes who wanted to participate. It’s a community event. There will be all types of throws,” said 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Chairman Trey Giglio.
“We’re providing a championship experience for local fans, traveling fans, our players and coaches. This is a bowl game. This is a national game. We want to elevate our events to meet that expectation," said Giglio.
Once again, a pub crawl will take place in the Red River District and downtown Shreveport starting at 5:00 p.m. This year will feature 10 unique locations. There will also be the annual block party, pep rally and battle of the bands. A free concert from Parish County Line will wrap up the night. All events are free.
Once game day hits and the tailgating begins, fans will enjoy a Coca-Cola Fest that’s also bigger and better than years past with interactive experiences up and down the midway. They can also watch Chef Folse attempt to cook the largest pot of Gumbo in the world.
There will also be a few surprises for fans during the game as well.
Our focus has been on the fan experience this year, one of our top focuses," said Giglio.
“To make it that championship experience, that’s what we are striving for in Shreveport."