SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Thousands have been converging on downtown Shreveport this weekend for events that included a water slide, a music festival and something called Geek'd Con 2016.
What is 1,000 feet long, stretches 3 city blocks and on its own attracts well more than a thousand people to downtown Shreveport? It's Slide the City, an attraction touring the country.
Barksdale Air Force Base Airman Chad Humann smiled as he walked past, saying, "Oh it's great. Whole lot of fun. Slide the whole way down. Lots of speed."
It's the first time for this monster water slide to visit Shreveport. And even with dark clouds on the horizon, sliders weren't worried in the slightest.
"I mean, it's been perfect weather and, actually, rain would help make the slides better," said Jeremy Causey, of Bossier City:
While sliders gladly paid for this thrill late into the afternoon, right next to it was the Stan "The Record Man" Lewis Music Festival, the third annual tribute to a living music industry legend. It runs until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Admission is free.
Just blocks away at the Shreveport Convention Center, big crowds turned out for day two of Geek'd Con 2016 - a huge event organized by geeks for geeks to celebrate fantasy in all its guises, from costumes to comics and everything in between. People dressing as their favorite character, an act called cosplay, is a big part of the attraction.
Shreveport high schooler Ashlon Bumgardner, a cosplay participant, explained the lure of donning a costume. "You get to be who you like to be, not just yourself. But you get to just be other people. Just for a day."
But in the midst of Geek'd Con 2016 in Shreveport, one of the star attractions, actress Tara Reid, told us she felt like they needed to do something to help out. "We're giving donations from our table and everything we're doing to Louisiana to help the whole flood victims."
Geek'd Con organizers said they expect up to 16,000 visitors over the 3-day event. That would be up 2,000 over last year's attendance.
Sunday is the final day of the event. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.