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October 2016

October 2016

Fall Fun for Everyone

Zoo Boo

     As I drive the streets of downtown Natchitoches, I can’t deny the excitement that’s building up inside of me. All around there are Halloween decorations popping up, signaling the beginning of the holiday season and it’s time to start planning. But how could I possibly choose which events to attend when there are so many?

     I’ve been considering Zoo Boo in Alexandria-the Heart of Louisiana is only about a 45-minute drive south of Natchitoches. It opens October 27 and runs through October 29. It’s open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. Going to Zoo Boo as a child, I always had the best time-getting dressed up in my Halloween costume to see all of my favorite characters as they handed me loads of delicious candy was the perfect Halloween dream! It’s an extravagant Halloween family experience.

     Or maybe this is the year to try something new. The State Fair of Louisiana is coming to Shreveport on the October 27 too, and will be in town until November 13th-that gives plenty of opportunities to go. Maybe I’ll even go twice! I’ve always enjoyed fair food- all of the deep fried corndogs, and who could forget about the funnel cake? Not to mention the variety of rides and attractions they have. It’s an experience that is family friendly and welcomes people of all ages. From carousels for the little tikes to the Super Shot to give teens a thrill, it’s fun for the whole family! And parents, don’t think I forgot about you. If you’re not the thrill-seeking type, there are many fun exhibits and entertainers such as Cody Cooke & The Bayou Outlaws, the Jammin’ for Jesus Gospel Concert, Wayne Thibodeaux and much more to ensure everyone is having a grand ole’ time.

     That’s only two out of the smorgasbord of events available in the partnering cities that make up the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. It looks like I’m going to have a full calendar this holiday season, what about you?

About Charli Stanley

Charli is a current resident of Natchitoches where she attends Northwestern State University. She is the newest intern for the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

Beloved Rockets Over the Red is back, Nov. 26

Rockets Over the Red, Nov. 26, in downtown Shreveport, La.

Time is quickly ticking away until Christmas. That’s insane. It seems like we were just putting away last year’s Christmas decorations and starting the New Year teeming with hopes, dreams and plans for an awesome 2016.

And awesome it’s been for the cities of Shreveport and Bossier. Both mayors, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Cumulus Radio and the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets have partnered to bring back the beloved Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival, Saturday, Nov. 26.

This year’s event will mark the re-opening of the renovated Riverview Park in downtown Shreveport. The community is pulling together to kick the day’s entertainment off at 2 p.m. with a parade procession down Commerce Street to Riverview Park, where there will be choirs and bands. Food vendors and children activities will fill the day until the main event – fireworks – at 6:30 p.m.

Both cities will switch the lights on to two of the tallest, outdoor Christmas trees in north Louisiana with one towering at a majestic 50 feet tall. This will signal the onset of Christmas magic in the sister cities.

“We are excited to bring the fireworks for Rockets over the Red again this year,” said Curtis Elkins, owner of Pyromania Fireworks, LLC and master of fireworks displays for festivals and events all over north Louisiana.

“Fireworks will be shot from behind the Barnwell Garden and Art Center, as well as cascade from the Texas Street Bridge while simultaneously choreographed to Christmas music. You do not want to miss one of the most spectacular display over the Red River on November 26.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get good parking and a great spot on the riverfront for fireworks viewing at Riverview Park in Shreveport or the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier.

All restaurants and shops in the area of the festival – Red River District in Shreveport and Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City - will be open before and after the fireworks show. Check out the website, www.rocketsoverthered.com for event updates. The official event hashtag for social sharing is #RocketsOverTheRed. Book a hotel in Shreveport, today.

About Brandy Evans

Brandy Evans is a resident of Shreveport-Bossier and vice president of communications at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. Brandy can be reached at bevans@sbctb.org.