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‘Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators’ returns to downtown Shreveport

Organizers from Volunteers for Youth Justice said they hope to raise at least $50,000 during this year’s competition.
Teams of gumbo connoisseurs are vying for a $400 cash prize, plus trophies and medals. The best...
Teams of gumbo connoisseurs are vying for a $400 cash prize, plus trophies and medals. The best part: all proceeds raised during Gumbo Gladiators benefits Volunteers for Youth Justice, a critical nonprofit that’s served children and families facing a crisis in northwest Louisiana for four decades.(Robert Streeter)
Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 5:53 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport will be packed this weekend with gumbo lovers — and it’s all for a good cause.

‘Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators’ returns this weekend. Teams of gumbo connoisseurs are vying for a $400 cash prize, plus trophies and medals. The best part: all proceeds raised during Gumbo Gladiators benefits Volunteers for Youth Justice, a critical nonprofit that’s served children and families facing a crisis in northwest Louisiana for four decades.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Location: Festival Plaza
  • Date: Saturday, March 12
  • Time: Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, but samples of gumbo cost $2

Teams are competing for the top prize in one of three different categories: seafood, chicken/sausage or lagniappe.

More than 30 judges will select the top three teams for each category.

Organizers from Volunteers for Youth Justice said they hope to raise at least $50,000 during this year’s competition.

Tap or click here to donate, or learn more about volunteer opportunities, within Volunteers for Youth Justice.

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