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March 05 03:02 PM

Shreveport-Bossier announces hot summer festivals

Get into summertime with Shreveport- Bossier’s hottest festivities perfect for groups.

The sister cities love to party and celebrate everything from smoked barbecue and mouth-watering crawfish to oldschool music and blooming sunflowers.

Groups will also love the six resort-style riverboat casinos and racetrack that feature exciting nightlife, spas, top-notch cuisine and a lively gaming scene.

There’s plenty to do for nature lovers this time of year. Stop by the gardens of the American Rose Center for the Spring Bloom on April 21 to celebrate the 118- acre rose garden coming to life. View the beautiful, blooming sunflowers at Sunflower Trail and Festival along Hwy. 3049 in Gilliam on June 16. The festival features a day of crafts, entertainment, food and family fun.

Dig into the Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ Cook-Off on April 28. The food festival attracts top barbecue teams from across the South competing for coveted titles. Barbecue lovers can vote for their favorite dish and sample ribs, brisket, sausage and more while enjoying live music and family activities.

Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, come enjoy Cajun and Creole cuisine at Mudbug Madness Festival at Shreveport Festival Plaza. This is the premier crawfish festival in the South and features non -stop live Cajun and zydeco music, activities for children and other delicious food.

This festival is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event and American Bus Association Top 100 event.

A weekend-long celebration of African American culture, Let the Good Times Roll Festival features performances by top names in soul, gospel, hip-hop and R&B at Shreveport Festival Plaza, June 15-17. The festival was named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event, because of its great line up of music, food and art booths.

For more information about hotel discounts and group rate information in Shreveport-Bossier, contact Erica Telsee, group sales manager, at the Shreveport- Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, at 1-800-551-8682 ext. 104 or etelsee@ sbctb.org or visit www.shreveportbossier.org/groups.

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