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Red River Revel

Red River Revel
GenreFood, Art, Music, Entertainment
Location(s)Festival Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana
Years active1976–present
Founded byJunior League of Shreveport-Bossier
WebsiteOfficial Web Site

The Red River Revel (or simply The Revel as noted by inhabitants) is an annual festival of food, culture, art and music that takes place in Shreveport, Louisiana, annually in the month of October. The Revel began in 1976 as a bicentennial celebration, sponsored by The Junior League of Shreveport. It is a nonprofit festival, and any money garnered from commerce that takes place goes back into the financial pool for the next year's Revel.

In several of the years of the festival, mosaics have been produced on the festival grounds which lasted after it was over. An artist creates a design that includes the Revel logo, and attendees work to put colored tile pieces in place to match the design. While some of the mosaics of past years have been removed or blocked from sight due to subsequent construction, others remain visible, including on the base of the Texas Street Bridge. The Revel hosts the booths of many artists each year which include paintings, jewelry and crafts, as well as a children's area to provide art education for kids. The festival also features live music. Artists such as Benjy Davis Project and Corey Smith (musician) have played on the Revel's stages.

Shreveport Festival Plaza

Shreveport Festival Plaza during the 2011 Red River Revel
Mosaic worked on by attendees of the festival in 1994

Located in downtown Shreveport on the banks of the Red River, Shreveport's Festival Plaza serves as a popular space for concerts, festivals, public events, and private events. Some of Festival Plaza's most notable events include Shreveport BREW (Shreveport's premiere beer festival), CORKED (Shreveport's premiere wine festival), Shreveport Farmer's Market, MudBug Madness, Holiday in Dixie, and Let The Good Times Roll.


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