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2020 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally: Overflight Edition

June 12 - June 13, 2020

Typically, the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally draws nearly 20,000 attendees to Shreveport-Bossier for two days of music, food, hot air balloons, fireworks and more family-friendly fun. However, this year required a few changes to protect our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That's okay, because we're bringing the balloons to you for free.

The fifth annual CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally, presented by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, has converted its popular summer festival event into a safe, picturesque overflight for the Shreveport-Bossier community to enjoy from the comfort of their homes or the seat of their cars, June 12-13. Weather permitting, the overflight edition of the Balloon Rally will consist of local and regional balloons sailing over various neighborhoods in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

Although the winds are the ultimate deciding factors of the final flight routes, the pilots will take off from various locations with the intention to soar across downtown Shreveport and central Bossier City. The Balloon Rally overflight is projected to launch in three waves at these approximate times:

● Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m.
● Saturday, June 13 at 7 a.m.
● Saturday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

In lieu of the annual Balloons over DeSoto event, spectators can potentially catch another wave of balloons in DeSoto Parish, which is a 45-minute drive south of Shreveport-Bossier. If weather permits, pilots will conduct an overflight at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 14.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a significant disruption in the fifth annual CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally plans, but the following event sponsors continue to support the Shreveport-Bossier community with an overflight during these unconventional times: CenterPoint Energy, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, KTAL 6, Alpha Media, O’Neal Gas, Coca-Cola, Glazers, Caddo Commissioner John E. Atkins, Heard McElroy and Vestall, and Red River Bank. For more information and future updates on the overflight edition of the 2020 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally, sign up for our e-newsletter at www.RedRiverBalloonRally.com or follow our Instagram account @redriver.balloonrally for more updates! 

2020 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally: Overflight Edition