Shreveport’s Downtown Festival Plaza was the place to be for live bands, food, games, and fun centered around Louisiana’s signature crustacean, May 25-28. Mudbug Madness, an area tradition now in its 39th year, drew a crowd of over 30,000 festivalgoers to its 29 live bands on two stages. Natchitoches’ own Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs rocked the standing room only crowd Friday evening on the Swamp stage with their eclectic blend of R&B and popular standards.
Over 25 food vendors served up hundreds of pounds of the event’s namesake crawfish, as well as other savory treats. Another 25 booths offered crafts, artwork, and services. A children’s area offered magic shows and other fun for the younger set. The Mudbug Madness cornhole tournament saw some fierce competition as the players raised money for the charity of the winner’s choice. There were crawfish eating contests for men, women and a popular one for local celebrities. While crawfish may not be well known for either their speed or listening abilities, that did not deter contestants who wished to try their luck in the crawfish races and crawfish calling contest.
While a tremendous amount of fun, the Mudbug Madness Festival is more than a local tradition marking the start of the summer season. The event raises funds for a variety of initiatives intended to promote downtown Shreveport.