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Shreveport-Bossier to Host 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Friday, 30 March, 2012 9:10 by Chris Jay

May 5 event will feature live music, car show and more

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA –
The 15th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be held in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza, located at 101 Crockett Street, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 5. The festival provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy food, music, contests and more, all of which reflect the traditions and culture of Shreveport-Bossier’s rapidly-growing Hispanic community.

Attendees will enjoy activities including Chihuahua dog races, an El Grito contest, magic shows, jalapeno pepper eating contests, a health fair featuring Zumba competitions, live music and dance from local and touring performers, and much more. Hispanic students will also be recognized during a scholarship presentation ceremony. New this year, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will include the premier of Spring Fest 2012, a car, truck and bike show hosted by DreamWerkz Car Club of Louisiana.

“Our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta exists as the main fundraising event for the League of United Latin American Citizens’ scholarship fund,” said Cinco de Mayo, Inc. President Armando Garza. “To date we have awarded nearly $70,000 in financial aid to outstanding local Hispanic youth seeking higher education.”

The date of May 5, “Cinco de Mayo,” commemorates the victory of the outnumbered Mexican Army against the invading forces of the French Army in the Battle of Puebla (1862). Garza added, “In the same spirit of beating the odds, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta aims to secure funds to help local Hispanic students fight the education battle – to make their dreams a reality through scholarship assistance that helps them afford today’s college tuitions.”
 
In order to accomplish this mission, Cinco de Mayo, Inc. has also supported a new program called La Cima (The Summit), which is a bilingual leadership program providing Hispanic students with the skills and tools necessary to become leaders. This year, United Way has partnered with La Cima to make this dream a reality.

“Come prepared for a fun-filled day with traditional Mariachis and, of course, the mouth-watering food that sets the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta apart from other festivals in the area,” said Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Chairman Willie Ortiz.  

The 15th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is sponsored by Black Hawk Concrete Construction, The Radio Group, Vita Latina Magazine, the City of Shreveport, SPAR, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Chevyland, Trejo’s Mexican Restaurant, Eagle Distributing, Paragon Press, Glazers Distributing, Forest Park, DiamondJacks Casino and DreamWerks Car Club.
 
For more information, vendor or sponsor opportunities, please visit www.lousianalulac.org, email info@louisianalulac.org or contact Guillermo “Willie” Ortiz at (318) 734-7062.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Guillermo “Willie” Ortiz, Fiesta Chairman
League of United Latin American Citizens       
(318) 734-7062
gortiz@radiogroupshreveport.com
                                                                 
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Louisiana is gearing up for the celebration of the century as the state marks its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2012. Involving both education and celebration, Bicentennial events are being planned in every corner of the state. For a statewide calendar of Louisiana events or information on planning a memorable visit to Louisiana, visit www.louisianatravel.com.

Texas Avenue Makers Fair to Return Saturday, April 14

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 9:30 by Chris Jay

Unique arts and craft fair will be held on historic Texas Avenue

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The Texas Avenue Community Association will host the Spring 2012 edition of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 14. The event, which is described by organizers as “not your momma’s craft fair,” will take place in the 800 block of Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport. Admission is free. The Texas Avenue Makers Fair invites non-traditional crafters, or "makers," to offer their handmade and re-purposed items for sale to the public. Original artwork, hand crafted furniture, clothing and accessories, limited edition graphics, and made-from-scratch food are only a few of the items to be offered by participating vendors. Vendor registration is open now through Sunday, April 8. For vendor guidelines and more information, visit www.texasavemakersfair.com and click “Be a Maker.”

During the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, local musicians and artists will perform for the entertainment of shoppers. Shoppers are advised to bring cash, as many vendors are unable to accept checks or credit cards. The Texas Avenue Makers Fair is a family-friendly event. For more info, visit www.texasavemakersfair.com, email makersfair@texasave.org or call 318-762-8946 to speak with an event coordinator.

This edition of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair will coincide with the ASEANA Spring Arts Festival, which will take place in the Asian Gardens located at the corner of Milam Street and Texas Avenue, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 14. Both events celebrate art and culture and are free to attend.

For more information on these and other events taking place in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveportbossierfunguide.com.  

NOTE TO MEDIA: A gallery of print-resolution images from the Spring 2011 Texas Avenue Makers Fair may be viewed or downloaded here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
April Dahm, Director
Texas Avenue Community Association
(318) 762-8946
makersfair@texasave.org

Chris Jay, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
(318) 429-0658
cjay@sbctb.org

Louisiana is gearing up for the celebration of the century as the state marks its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2012. Involving both education and celebration, Bicentennial events are being planned in every corner of the state. For a statewide calendar of Louisiana events or information on planning a memorable visit to Louisiana, visit www.louisianatravel.com.

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Nominations Sought for 2012 P.R.I.D.E. Awards

Thursday, 22 March, 2012 9:02 by Chris Jay

May 10 Event at DiamondJacks Casino and Hotel Will Recognize Star Employees in Tourism and Hospitality Industry

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA –
The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau is seeking nominations for the 2012 P.R.I.D.E. Awards from businesses and organizations involved in Shreveport-Bossier’s tourism and hospitality industry. The P.R.I.D.E. Awards are held annually during the month of May, which is Tourism Awareness Month, to recognize star employees in more than 20 categories, ranging from Outstanding Valet to Outstanding Hotel Executive. The 2012 P.R.I.D.E. Awards dinner will be held 6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at DiamondJacks Casino and Hotel. “P.R.I.D.E.” stands for “Proud Residents Involved in Developing Our Economy.”  

Nomination forms or more information may be requested by contacting event organizer Kathy Melancon at (318) 429-0654 or by visiting www.shreveport-bossier.org and entering “Star Employees” into the search field (or by clicking here). Nomination forms will be accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, April 20. Completed forms may be returned by fax to (318) 222-0056 or e-mail to kmelancon@sbctb.org. There is no cost to nominate employees. Businesses may nominate two employees per category. Cost to attend the awards dinner is $35 per person; the top three nominees in each category may attend the dinner free of charge, courtesy of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

NOTE TO MEDIA: High-resolution images from the 2011 event are available upon request.

NEWS RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Chris Jay, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
Office: (318) 429-0658
cjay@sbctb.org


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LOCOFest Weekend to Feature Mountain Bike Race, Trail Run, and More at Eddie D. Jones Park

Thursday, 15 March, 2012 14:27 by Chris Jay

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Jay, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
(318) 429-0658
cjay@sbctb.org

Adam Hart, LOCOFest Organizer/LOCO President
(318) 780-7003
adamdhart@earthlink.net

March 15, 2012

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA –
LOCOFest, a two-day event culminating in a USA Cycling-sanctioned championship series mountain bike race, will be held April 21-22 at Eddie D. Jones Park in Keithville, La. Pre-registration for LOCOFest is now available at www.locomtb.com.

On Saturday, April 21, LOCOFest presents a four-mile trail run for cyclists at all skill levels along the most technical track at Eddie D. Jones Park. In addition to the trail run, there will be a kids’ race, concert and family activities. Fees to participate in the trail run are $20 if pre-registered and $30 for on-site registration. Registration and check-in on the day of the event will take place, 8:30-9:30 a.m., at Eddie D. Jones Park. April 21 is also Earth Day, and will be celebrated at Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary, which is located on the grounds of Eddie D. Jones Park. Chimp Haven’s Earth Day Festival will include exhibits, art, live music, food, demonstrations, lectures, and kids’ activities.

On Sunday, April 22, the LOCOFest XC Mountain Bike Race, part of the Louisiana State and South Central Regional Championship Series, will be held. Mountain Bike Race entry fees are $30 if pre-registered and $45 for on-site registrations. Registration and sign-in for Sunday's Race starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. There will be cash payouts for Category 1 awards. There will also be awards and prizes for Category 2, Category 3, and Juniors, as well as “Fast Lap” awards. 

For more information on LOCOFest or to pre-register for events, visit www.locomtb.com or contact event organizer Adam Hart at (318) 780-7003. LOCO, which stands for Louisiana Off-road Cycling Organization, is a Bossier City-based social organization comprised of mountain biking enthusiasts in and around Shreveport-Bossier.  

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Barbershop Harmony Competition to be held in Shreveport

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 12:34 by Chris Jay

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Philip Maxfield, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Southwestern District, Barbershop Harmony Society
dir-mpr@swd.org
(318) 935-9838

March 7, 2012

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY – Voices will be raised in song as the Barbershop Harmony Society’s “Harmony on the Red” returns to Shreveport, March 23-24, featuring approximately 400 participants vying to earn top honors. The event will be held at Caddo Magnet High School Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

See the schedule of events for a complete listing of “Harmony on the Red” competition showcases and admission fees. Free Harmony Education classes will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Caddo Magnet High School.

Following the final night’s competition, a closing-night party called the “Cajun Afterglow” will be held at Lake Street Dancehall, located at 425 Lake Street in downtown Shreveport. Barbershop quartets will take the stage at Lake Street Dance Hall beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes Cajun food and live Cajun and Zydeco music following the barbershop quartet performances.    

Serving as the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Spring competition for its Southwestern District, “Harmony on the Red” brings together quartets and chorus groups from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

For more information on specific event times and admission pricing, see the attached schedule or visit www.swd.org and click the “Events” tab.

“HARMONY ON THE RED”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Harmony Education Class
Fri, Mar 23, 4 p.m.   
Caddo Magnet High School PAC
Free Admission
     
2012 SE Division Quartet Finals &
2012 BHS Prelim. Collegiate Quartet Finals
2012 BHS Prelim. Quartet Semi-Finals
Fri, Mar 23, 6 p.m.   
Caddo Magnet High School PAC
Admission $15

2012 SE Chorus Finals    
Sat, Mar 24, 10 a.m.   
Caddo Magnet High School PAC   
Admission $15

Harmony Education Class    
Sat, Mar 24, 3 p.m.   
Caddo Magnet High School PAC
Free Admission     

2012 BHS Prelim. Quartet Finals    
Sat, Mar 24, 4:30 p.m.   
Caddo Magnet High School PAC   
Admission $15

Show of Champions
Sat, Mar 24, 7:30 p.m.
Caddo Magnet High School PAC   
Admission $15

Cajun Afterglow    
Sat, Mar 24 @ 10:00 p.m.
Lake Street Dancehall   
Admission $5

                                                                 
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