Bossier City Unveils New East Bank District and Plaza Saturday + Rockets Over the Red


Old Bossier City has undergone a makeover, and following $15 million and about 18 months, the newly renamed East Bank District is ready for it’s official debut. Saturday, the city will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00 p.m. at the East Bank Plaza, 635 Barksdale Boulevard.

From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m, the new entertainment district, along Barksdale Boulevard downtown, will host live music, food trucks, artist pop-ups, children’s activities and local craft beers from Flying Heart Brewery.

Food trucks on the scene will include BeauxJax, Garcon Du Bayou, the Hot Dawg Hut, McCoy’s Butcher Block and the Shiver Shack. There will also be the Game On Video Game Truck, inflatables and a rock wall — as well as pop-up vendor tents.

Southern Roots will provide live music in the plaza from noon until 2:30 p.m.

The party then moves over to the Louisiana Boardwalk, for the Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fireworks will begin around  7 p.m.

The Joanitones will perform live music from 4-6 p.m., on a stage near the main fountain. The Louisiana Boardwalk Christmas tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., with local cheer and dance groups performing.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos near the Christmas tree closest to the carousel, with help from local beauty queens. Bounce houses by Garrison Party Rentals will be located in the grassy space near the main fountain, for a charge.

The “Boardwalk Blizzard” snow machines will be on at 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

And for shoppers, stores at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets will be open until 10 p.m.

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