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Monday, April 8, 2013

Celebrating Louisiana Culture with Crawfish and Zydeco

Shreveport-Bossier’s 30th annual Mudbug Madness Festival will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 to 26, in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza.
The annual event, which is known for around-the-clock live zydeco music and Louisiana crawfish served every imaginable way, is recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events. Last year’s Mudbug Madness Festival was attended by more than 200,000 guests who consumed more than 80,000 pounds of boiled crawfish.
Special to this year’s festival, there will be a closing night fireworks show in celebration of the 30th anniversary milestone. The closing night fireworks show will take place at 8:45pm Sunday, May 26.
In addition to hot, boiled crawfish and a variety of vendors selling Creole and Cajun cuisine, the Mudbug Madness Festival will feature three stages of live entertainment, crawfish eating and calling contests for all ages, street performers, children’s activity areas, and a Louisiana arts marketplace featuring original paintings, carvings, jewelry and crafts.
Live music headliners on the MetroPCS Stage include Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Grammy Award-winners Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun.
The Swamp Stage will feature popular music acts from Shreveport-Bossier and the surrounding communities, including Trini Triggs, Bushrod Jenkins, Twang Darkly and Professor Porkchop & the Dirty Dishes.
The Kids on the Bayou Stage will open at 11am each day and will feature clowns, kids’ karaoke, singers, story-tellers, magic shows, hands-on art activities and a giant sculpture that kids can help create.
Admission to the festival is free until 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. After 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 and military with ID are free at all times. Free shuttle service is available from Mall St. Vincent and Pierre Bossier Mall. 
Visit www.shreveport-bossier.org for more in formation on events in Shreveport-Bossier.

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