SHREVEPORT, La. – Betty Virginia Park is gearing up for the inaugural Crawfest 2017.
The festival will take place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25. The event is free and is the first of its kind to be held in the historic park.
Crawfish boiled onsite by Shane’s Acadiana of Shreveport will be available forsale, along with beer, burgers, sodas, and other concessions.
Live music will take place throughout the event and local artists will have their works on display, and a kid’s activities area is being planned as well.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the South Highlands Neighborhood Association for
improvements to the park.
The live music schedule features an eclectic variety of rock, funk, blues, and Americana bands from Shreveport and New Orleans.
Easy Money kicks off the festivities at 11am; Professor Porkchop and the Dirty Dishes hits the stage at 1pm; Bayou Gypsy follows up at 3pm; and Honey Island Swamp Band headlines the event at 5pm. Hailing from New Orleans, LA, Honey Island Swamp Band’s sound has been tagged “Bayou Americana” – their latest album, Demolition Day, was produced by Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars fame.
You will also have a chance to hear the band before they head back to New Orleans for scheduled appearances at the city’s French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Event organizer Matt Snyder said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to throw a fun, free, family friendly event in Shreveport’s historic Betty Virginia Park. We believe that having amazing events in the heart of our city fosters unity, promotes growth, and solidifies Shreveport’s cultural identity. Bring your family and come enjoy great local music, food, drinks, and art in the park!”
Organizers of Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park include: Matt Snyder, PinPoint Local Marketing; GrantNuckolls,
Twisted Root Burger Co.; and Andrew Crawford, Rhino Coffee.
Sponsorship opportunities at all levels are available. The organizers put on other events in Shreveport, including: Derby Day at Norton Art Gallery, Wheels in the Hills at Betty Virginia Park, Bourbon & Bowties, and Tinsel – a Holiday Shopping Experience on Line Avenue.
For more information on Crawfest, visit www.facebook.com/crawfestshreveport.