Mudbug Madness

The folks in Shreveport, Louisiana, are crazy for crawfish, and every year on Memorial Day weekend, they show their love with the Mudbug Madness festival. The four-day event features the best of Louisiana’s cuisine with everything from the quintessential boiled crawfish to jambalaya, alligator, meat pies, crawfish étouffée, and plenty of other festival favorites.  

Throughout the long weekend, more than two dozen bands will take the stage playing zydeco, swamp pop, funk, and more. Grammy award winning musician Wayne Toups returns this year along with popular acts like Waylon Thibodeaux, Jamie Bergeron, and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.

For the younger ones, Kids on the Bayou is a great place for children of all ages to enjoy the Mudbug Madness Festival. This section of the event features Party Central Playstations, magicians, clowns, dancers, twirlers, and musicians.

Admission to the festival is free until 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. After 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and all day long on Saturday and Sunday, admission is $5 per person. Children under 8 and all military with ID are admitted free at all times. Mudbug Madness Festival is a presentation of Downtown Shreveport Unlimited, a non-profit membership organization which serves as an advocacy group for downtown Shreveport. 

For more information, call 318.226.5641 or visit


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