Barbecue and line dancing were used to welcome the 102 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants to Shreveport-Bossier City.
The party was held Sunday at Silver Star Smokehouse in Bossier City.
Some contestants said they're also excited to try traditional Louisiana cuisine.
Miss Teen USA contestant Savannah Miles, of Georgia, said she's looking forward to using her platform to inspire younger girls to strive for their dreams.
“Growing up, I never really had a role model that had the same background as me,” said the 17-year-old who aspires to be a doctor.
“I want to show girls no matter where you come from and regardless of your situation, you can be anything your mind sets to. And you can achieve any dream, including being Miss Teen USA. "
On Monday, the contestants will take part in the Mardi Gras in May parade in downtown Shreveport.
Pageant week will climax May 21 with the crowning of Miss USA 2018.
Meantime, some of the contestants are sharing their tips for picking the perfect evening gown.
"For me, I'm all about the bling." -@MissARTeenUSA #MissTeenUSA contestants share their tips on choosing the perfect evening gown. Our recommendation? No doubt, @SherriHill ?? pic.twitter.com/pGCzEt5PPN— Miss USA & Miss Teen USA (@MissUSA) May 8, 2018
For @MissLATeenUSA, you'll know it's the one as soon as you try it on. ?— Miss USA & Miss Teen USA (@MissUSA) May 10, 2018
The 2018 #MissTeenUSA contestants share their tips n tricks when choosing the perfect evening gown. ?? @SherriHill pic.twitter.com/VZjWZTwW6k
“The fit of a dress is everything. All women are shaped differently, so find what suits your body best.” - @MissOKTeenUSA— Miss USA & Miss Teen USA (@MissUSA) May 13, 2018
The 2018 #MissTeenUSA contestants share their tips & tricks when choosing the perfect evening gown. ?? @SherriHill pic.twitter.com/cBSOXLGI3B
“I look for these three things: a good mermaid dress with a train attached, a pop of color, and something that is unique to me and my personality.” - @MissTXTeenUSA ??@SherriHill pic.twitter.com/uqXqz7QVnc— Miss USA & Miss Teen USA (@MissUSA) May 13, 2018
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