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Shreveport is the third-largest city and the principal city of the fourth largest metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Louisiana, as well as being the 109th-largest city in the United States.

It is the seat of Caddo Parish and extends along the Red River (most notably at Wright Island, the Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial Park, and Bagley Island) into neighboring Bossier Parish. Bossier City is separated from Shreveport by the Red River.

Events and tourism

Cinco De Mayo fiesta Shreveport
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival, held annually the second Saturday of November since 2003
Holiday in Dixie, annual springtime festival, began 1949
Independence Bowl, held annually close to New Year's since 1976
Louisiana Film Festival, independent film festival held annually each spring at Centenary College and Robinson Film Center
Mardi Gras Parades
Mudbug Madness, annual celebration of crawfish, held each May since 1984
Red River Revel, annual autumn arts festival which began in 1976, largest outdoor festival in northern Louisiana
The State Fair of Louisiana, held annually each autumn since 1906
The Resort, a Resort hub including an indoor ski resort, three hotels, theme parks, and a casino opening spring 2011

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras celebrations in Shreveport date to the mid-nineteenth century when krewes and parades were organized along the lines of those of New Orleans. Mardi Gras in Shreveport did not survive the cancellations caused by World War I, however. Attempts to revive it in the 1920s were unsuccessful and the last Carnival celebrations in Shreveport for decades were held in 1927. Mardi Gras in Shreveport was revived beginning in 1984 with the organization of the Krewe of Apollo. The Krewes of Gemini, Centaur, Aesculepius, Highland, Sobek, Harambee, and others, followed during the next decade and a half. The first krewe to revive parading was Gemini in 1989. Today, Mardi Gras is again an important part of the cultural life of the Shreveport metropolitan area.

Recreation and attractions

8th Air Force Museum, Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City
Barnwell Garden & Art Center arboretum and gardens
Chimp Haven, chimpanzee sanctuary, Keithville, LA (Shreveport suburb)
Clyde Fant Park, along the Red River, named for Mayor Clyde Fant
Cross Lake
Ford Park on Cross Lake
Gators and Friends, alligator and exotic animal park, Greenwood, LA (Shreveport suburb)
The Gardens of the American Rose Center
Hirsch Memorial Coliseum at Louisiana State Fairgrounds
J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. Waterway Regional Visitor Center - History of Red River
Louisiana Boardwalk - Bossier City, opposite the Shreveport Central Business District
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, located in a landmark building at the State Fair Grounds
Pioneer Heritage Center at Louisiana State University in Shreveport campus
R. W. Norton Art Gallery and adjacent azalea park
Riverwalk Park
Sci-Port Discovery Center and IMAX Theater
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and Louisiana Hayride Museum
Spirit of the Red River, river cruise boat
Spring Street Historical Museum
Touchstone Wildlife & Art Museum, Haughton in Bossier Parish
Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary, Frierson, LA (Shreveport suburb)

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