SHREVEPORT. La. — Shreveport is crawlin’ with crawfish during the annual Mudbug Madness Festival, this year taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25 at Shreveport’s downtown Festival Plaza. Whether you like them boiled, fried or in gumbo, etouffee or bisque, you’ll get your fill during this fun weekend.
And like any good Louisiana festival, there’s lots of entertainment. Two stages will be going non-stop with Cajun and Zydeco stars like the Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Wayne Toups and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. For variety, rock and blues performers including Dirtfoot, Earshot Graffiti and Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws are also on tap.
Kids aren’t forgotten at this family-friendly fest, either. The Bayou Stage features magicians, clowns, musicians and dancers to appeal to the younger set. There are even child and youth crawfish eating contests.
Free kids’ activities include face painting, crawfish races, and a variety of hands-on projects. Also available are rock-climbing, bungee trampoline jumping and water walkers.
Adults also have crawfish eating contests. Men must finish a 15-pound platter of the cooked crustaceans; women, 5 pounds. There’s also a crawfish calling contest and a 5k race. Plenty to do for everyone in the family!
If you get festivaled out, Shreveport has lots of other interesting attractions. For older children and adults, the R.W. Norton Gallery of Art is free and fabulous — four centuries of American and European art with spacious grounds and gardens for strolling. Kids love the Sci Port: Louisiana Science Center, walking distance from Festival Plaza.
IF YOU GO
The 31st annual Mudbug Madness Festival will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. For more information on the festival, visit www.mudbugmadness.com.