Crawfest at Betty Virginia

March 25, 2017

The inaugural Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 11,a.m.-7 p.m. in Shreveport, Louisiana. The free admission event 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 for sale, along with beer, burgers, sodas, and other concessions. Live music will take place throughout the event from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.. Local artists will have their works on display, and a kids' 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.
Details on the event are available at www.facebook.com/crawfestshreveport.

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 11 a.m.; Professor Porkchop and the Dirty Dishes hits the stage at 1 p.m.; Bayou Gypsy follows up at 3 p.m.; and Honey Island Swamp Band headlines the event at 5 p.m. 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. Crawfest attendees will 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.

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. Crawfest attendees will 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.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to throw a fun, free, family-friendly event in Shreveport’s historic Betty Virginia Park,” said event organizer Matt Snyder. “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; Grant Nuckolls, 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. 

Crawfest at Betty Virginia