Crawfest brings food and entertainment to Betty Virginia Park

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The third annual Crawfest presented by CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System kicks off next week at one of Shreveport’s historic parks.

Admission into Crawfest is free at Betty Virginia Park.  Crawfish will be boiled onsite by Shane’s Acadiana of Shreveport.  Food, desserts and drinks from more than a dozen other local vendors will also be available for purchase.  

Live music will take place throughout the festival from 4pm – 10pm on Friday and 11am – 8:30pm on Saturday.

Local artists will have their works on display, a kids carnival area will be setup and a VIP viewing area will be available.

Organizers say a portion of the proceeds from the event are used to fund improvements to Betty Virginia Park.

Crawfest 2019 features a variety of rock, funk, brass, blues, R&B, and Americana bands from North Louisiana, New Orleans and Austin.  New to this year’s event will be sets by local DJ’s, who will spin music during set breaks, providing uninterrupted music throughout the day.

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier will present a live GoNoodle kids performance with local kids, a GoNoodle champ, and Miss Louisiana 2019 on Friday afternoon.  Adults can also get active by participating in a 3.18 Mile Road Race, taking place at the event on Friday.

Friday’s headliner is Dumpstaphunk, described by The New York Times as ‘the best funk band from New Orleans right now.’  Founded by Aaron Neville’s son, Ivan, and Art Neville’s son, Ian, the band has wowed crowds at Bonnaroo, Voodoo Experience, Hangout Festival, and multiple appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Saturday’s live music includes an appearance by the 100 member Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band.  Saturday’s headliner, The Band of Heathens, will conclude the weekend’s festivities.  Based in Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens are an Americana and Southern Rock stalwart, leading the charts and captivating audiences around the world for well over a decade.

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