Look here: Everything you need to know about the Red River Balloon Rally

The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission announced Thursday the 2024 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally is set for July 12 – 13, 2024 at Louisiana Downs Racetrack and Casino.

The event will showcase the Louisiana Ballooning State Championship, featuring up to twenty-five of the nation’s top balloon pilots competing for the grand prize and title of Louisiana Ballooning Champion.

In addition, the weekend-long festival will include spectacular balloon glows, live performances by local bands, tethered balloon rides, AEP SWEPCO Kids Zone, craft vendors from the Bossier City Farmers Market, fireworks sponsored by Team Logic IT and Stuart’s Integrated Systems, and much more.

“The Balloon Rally was such a success last year in its first year at Louisiana Downs,” said Sara Nelms, Director of Sports at the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “As this is the Balloon Rally’s eighth year in Shreveport-Bossier, we've been working all year long to get ready for year two at this wonderful venue, and we can't wait for everyone to see what's in store. Bring your family out to this great event, catch a ride in a tethered balloon, and watch colors fly over Shreveport-Bossier!”

People wave from a balloon during the Red River Balloon Rally Friday evening, July 14th, 2023, at Louisiana Downs.
People wave from a balloon during the Red River Balloon Rally Friday evening, July 14th, 2023, at Louisiana Downs.

Event Highlights:

Live Performances:

  • Friday, July 12: Hidden Tracks and Dirt Road Troubadours

  • Saturday, July 13: Total Choice and The Hollow Decks

The Red River Balloon Rally Friday evening, July 14th, 2023, at Louisiana Downs.
The Red River Balloon Rally Friday evening, July 14th, 2023, at Louisiana Downs.

Special Balloon Displays:

  • On Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, special-shaped balloons and mini balloons will be displayed at various locations around Shreveport-Bossier. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 12

6:45am-8:00am

Mini Balloon Setup @ Geico

8510 Youree Dr.

6:45am-8:00am

Mini Balloon Setup @ Landers Dodge

2701 Benton Rd.

6:45am-8:00am

Special Shape @ RRCU

2709 Old Minden Rd.

6:45am-8:00am

Special Shape @ LAD

8000 E Texas

Saturday, July 13

6:45am-8:00am

Mini Balloon Setup @ Whataburger

2620 Airline Dr.

6:45am-8:00am

Special Shape @ Bossier Farmers Market

Pierre Bossier Mall

Louisiana Ballooning State Championship:

  • The competitive balloons can be seen throughout Caddo and Bossier parishes on July 13–14 from approximately 6:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., weather permitting. Please check the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Facebook page every morning to find out exactly where the balloons will fly and how the weather will affect these flights.

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $5 for ages 6+, children ages 5 and under get in free.

  • Military with a valid ID: FREE admission thanks to Shreveport Regional Airport.

  • Tethered balloon rides: $25 CASH only. An ATM will be available on site.

  • Parking: Free this year, thanks to A Brighter Smile Dental Care for sponsoring the parking lots.

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: When is the Red River Balloon Rally in Shreveport - Bossier City?

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