SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Geek’D Con returns to Shreveport this weekend, and participants are so happy to be back after last year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual event kicked off Friday night at the Shreveport Convention Center and will run through Sunday afternoon.
At the annual event, local businesses and crafters connect with people who share common interests all in the name of fandom vendors were there early Friday to start setting up, bringing all types of items with them. From art to clothing, hand-crafted weaponry, 3D printed figurines and much more.
The event, which attracts tourists and celebrities from all over the country, usually brings in around $2 million in tourism dollars into the local economy each year, so last year’s pandemic cancelation was a big blow to the area.
“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people. A lot of our vendors have not been able to get out and this is the way they make a living. We’re trying to get back on our feet across the state and this is hopefully another step in the right direction,” said Greg Atoms, Geek’D Con organizer.
Atoms said Covid protocols will be enforced including masks. You can incorporate your mask with your cosplay costume. LSU Health will also be there giving vaccines.
There’s going to be some big names attending too. Including the rock star Alice Cooper, James Murray and Joey Fatone from Impractical Jokers, and comedian Chris Kattan.
Parking is free and it’s free for kids under five. Tickets are available online and range based on your attendance days
Geek’d Con runs until Sunday evening.