Lots of action will take place in downtown Shreveport and Bossier City during these next two months. Music, food and beautiful weather all helped kick off 'Rendezvous on the Red,' the two-month-long fun-filled time in April and May.
The two cities will hold various events every Friday, Saturday and potentially Sunday of the weekends during that two month period, said Liz Swaine, Executive Director of Downtown Authority of Shreveport. The first of those events was Saturday's Cork Wine Festival in Shreveport.
Each Friday in Shreveport, people looking for a quick lunch break can visit 'Lunch on the Lawn' outside the Caddo Courthouse.
Officials of Shreveport-Bossier hope this two-month-long event will attract locals to downtown and the riverfront events. "This gives (locals) more venues to explore around your own community," said Pam Glorioso, City Project Coordinator for Bossier City. "For tourists that are coming, it gives them something new to take part in."
Glorioso and Swaine both told us that 'Rendezvous on the Red' is less about the money and more about spicing up the downtown and riverfront areas of Shreveport and Bossier City. "It's about letting people know that there are a lot of things to do and a lot of those things are free in downtown Shreveport, Bossier and along the riverfront," explained Swaine.
The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau along with both cities expect 'Rendezvous on the Red' to be a success and hope to eventually expand it. If it's a success, they may extend it into the Fall and hold the event annually, explained Glorioso.