I’ve been calling Shreveport home for the past twelve years (minus the four years I spent an hour away at Louisiana Tech University and the ten months I spent living at sea), and as much as I love getting out of town to travel, the city does have some awesome sites, restaurants and events to offer. Every year, Shreveport is host to several different festivals, including the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival.
This was my second time attending the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival, and it’s one of the few festivals that isn’t held downtown. This free, family- and dog-friendly event takes place in Columbia Park, right in the middle of the historical Highland area. I remember seeing the lineup for the festival and being disappointed that I would miss it because I was still supposed to be on the Carnival Sunshine. I’m glad I made it back in time to see the talented Marc Broussard.
Now I’m not going to lie and say I’m a huge Marc Broussard fan because I’m not, but I do enjoy listening to his music, and I love the vibe. The only song of his that I know all of the lyrics to is “Lucky,” and I blast that song often when I’m in the car. Something I learned about Marc Broussard and his band is that all of them are from different areas of Louisiana. None from Shreveport though.
It was a hot day to be outside, but it was worth it to spend a little time with my friends, their dogs and Marc Broussard, of course. I also ran into so many people that I knew from college, which was awesome. Some of them I didn’t realize moved to Shreveport after graduating, so it was a nice surprise.
Even though I was sweating buckets, I still had a great time at the festival. There were several food vendors, and Rachael and I had a hotdog while we waited for Marc Broussard to take the stage. They also had several booths where vendors sell some products made locally. And of course, they had beer. I enjoy Shreveport festivals because they’re cozy and not overwhelming. Everyone is chill and just trying to have a fun time. I can’t wait to see what the lineup looks like for next year. Until then, I’m looking forward to some other upcoming events, including the Red River Revel starting this weekend and the State Fair of Louisiana next month.
What are some of your favorite local festivals?