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Mudbug Madness has been bringing the best in food and drink, music, and art to downtown Shreveport's riverfront for decades and is easily one of our area's most iconic events.

Mudbug Madness 38 will run Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 11 am to 11 pm each day in downtown Shreveport's Festival Plaza. Admission is $6.

Mudbug Madness has marked the unofficial start to summer each Memorial Day weekend for years. It started out as a two-day street party in 1984 on the Shreveport riverfront and today it's recognized nationally as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events. The American Bus Associate has also named them one of the top 100 events in the country.

If that's not enough to entice you downtown this weekend, here are a few more reasons why you should venture out to Festival Plaza.

Crawfish for days
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1. Crawfish
At the risk of sounding like Forrest Gump extolling all the different ways to prepare shrimp, it's true of crawfish at Mudbug Madness, too. You can get them boiled, fried, in gumbo, in etouffee, you name it!

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Courtesy of Mudbug Madness
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2. The Entertainment
In addition to serving up the best Zydeco and Cajun music available, Mudbug Madness likes to spice things up with blues and jazz, and this year, we even get country with Shenandoah!

Amanda Currier
Amanda Currier
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3. It's Good for Shreveport
The goal of Mudbug Madness is all about promoting downtown Shreveport and making it a better place to live, work, and play via tourism, entertainment, beautification, etc...

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Courtesy of Mudbug Madness
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4. The Shopping
If you're down for some retail therapy, you'll be able to scratch your itch at Mudbug Madness. They have a little bit of everything from art to jewelry.

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Courtesy of Mudbug Madness
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1. The Crawfish Calling Contest
The crawfish calling contest is easily the best contest I've ever seen in my life. It's the only time being a little tipsy and/or silly pays! This year's contest is Saturday, May 28th at 4:15 pm on the Madness State. Signup begins at 3:15 pm and entry is free.

Embrace the 'Madness' and we'll see you this weekend!

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