La. enters Phase 3; some Shreveport area festivals continue with 2021 plans

La. enters Phase 3; some Shreveport area festivals continue with 2021 plans
The Shreveport Aquarium's annual Paddlefish Festival is scheduled for March 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Source: KSLA)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Louisiana is now in Phase 3. So what does that mean for activities and festivals in Shreveport?

According to a representative with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, some festivals are still proceeding with their plans, like Mudbug Madness, Bourbon and Barbeque, and the Red River Balloon Rally. There will be some restrictions of course, but this will help boost tourism, which suffered a big loss in 2020.

Over the next few months, you can expect to see some of your favorite festivals and events come back but they will look a little different this year.

Some of the returning events include Mudbug Madness (May 28-30), the CenterPoint Red River Balloon Rally (June 11-12) and the Paddle Fish festival (Mar. 6) at the Shreveport Aquarium.

Shreveport-Bossier and Tourism Bureau President Stacy Brown said now that Louisiana is in Phase 3, things will be coming back with COVID-19 still in mind.

“It’s an exciting time getting to open things back up a little more, restaurants at 75 percent capacity, the outdoor events being back to 50 percent gives us a lot more opportunities,” she said.

Brown said this is something to help boost the tourism in Shreveport that took a big loss in revenue because of the pandemic.

“Phase 3 opens the tourism industry to grow again and to bring a lot of those employees back on board many have been laid off, many had to go to other industry’s so we’re looking forward getting those people back to work,” she said.

Shreveport Aquarium General manager, Destiny Garcia said, although the state of Louisiana is moving forward, they’re going to help keep everyone safe.

“The Shreveport aquarium never left Phase One, we stuck with those standards at 25 percent capacity,” she said.

Bourbon Barbeque festival founder Chase Boytim said this will be the first year for the festival. He said it got canceled last year because of COVID. It will take place on April 10, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Bars would compete for a bourbon cocktail and you get little samples and the crowd is the judge and we have boxes where you can choose your favorite drink and the same thing with the barbeque contestants,” he said.

The Louisiana State Fair will also take place from April 29 – May 9.

Festivals are back this year

Copyright 2021 KSLA. All rights reserved.