Destination: Shreveport Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Mona L. Hayden
October 24, 2012
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll! And roll they do, around every corner of this most distinctive and entertaining state. Louisiana celebrates its state bicentennial in 2012 and the outlook is very positive as the economy and development continue to thrive. Factor in the local culture and cuisine and you’ll understand the state’s excitement— and want to stay a bit longer.
By Jessie Fetterling
October 28, 2011
Silicon Valley has long vied with its popular neighbor to the north for a place in the spotlight, but while San Francisco offers a distinct cultural potpourri with ever-changing cuisine, arts and entertainment, so does the valley. “This area is like a satellite San Francisco but with a different personality,” says Barbara Gross, general manager at Palo Alto’s Garden Court Hotel.
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In the northwest corner of the state, bordering Louisiana and Texas, is Shreveport-Bossier, often referred to as Louisiana’s Other Side. Shreveport-Bossier is said to be a unique combination of all things Louisiana, with a little bit of Texas thrown in. Some call it the Cajun Cowboy—a little Cajun, a little Texan. Think of a sizzling Texas steak topped with spicy crawfish.
If that sounds like it’s right up your alley, than Shreveport should be on your short list. In keeping with the Cajun Cowboy theme, each year the city hosts the Holiday in Dixie Festival. The celebration marks the beginning of spring and dates all the way back to 1949. Another popular yearly event is the Red River Revel festival, the largest outdoor festival in northern Louisiana. Bookending the Dixie Festival, Red River is held at the start of autumn just as the weather begins to cool.
For something a little wild, Shreveport is the site of Chimp Haven the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The sanctuary is specifically designed to mimic the qualities of living in an ideal indigenous habitat.