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Celebrate the arrival of spring with a variety of outdoor festivals showcasing everything from local cuisine at food-centric events to spectacular Air Force aerobatic performances during the annual air show.

Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators is a gumbo cook-off fundraiser held in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza, March 19. The all-day event offers gumbo fanatics the opportunity to sample dozens of gumbos in categories including seafood, non-seafood and “gumbo of the people.”

Learn about a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, dance, games and martial arts at ASEANA Spring Festival, April 2. Sample authentic cuisine from Vietnamese noodle soups to Philippino-style whole hog barbecue in the ASEANA Asian Gardens located on the corner of Milam Street at Texas Avenue.

The Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors Barbecue Cook-Off attracts top barbecue teams from across the southern region to Shreveport’s Festival Plaza, April 9. Barbecue lovers can purchase tickets to sample ribs, brisket, sausage and more while enjoying live music and family activities.

The Barksdale Air Force Base Airshow features flight demonstrations by the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, aerobatic performers and a B-52 fly-by, April 30 – May 1 at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. Since 1933, the base has been inviting the public to view its historical aircrafts and state-of-the-art jets at the annual airshow.

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