The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission announced the 2022 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by the Louisiana Office of Tourism is set for June 24-25, 2022, at the Brookshire Grocery Arena, 2000 Brookshire Arena Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112.
The event will feature the U.S. Team Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship with up to 15 of the best balloon pilots in the country competing against each other, as well as a festival that will include balloon glows, live local and national bands, fireworks display, tethered balloon rides, kids’ fun zone, food and craft vendors and much more.
On Friday they will have live performances by Tipsey the Band and A Tribute to Journey, Odyssey Road. Saturday is Louisiana Saturday Night with a music line-up that includes local band, Shayliff and multi-platinum selling country band, LANCO. This year special shape balloons will help light up the sky featuring, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Billy the Kid, Flying Saucer, Cosmic Crisp Apple Balloon, and Armadillo Cowboy.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://redriverballoonrally.com/tickets/ or discounted tickets can be purchased at select local Brookshires/Super 1 Foods. Tickets will be sold at the gate at an increased price, cash only. Parking is free this year, thanks to A Brighter Smile Dental Care for sponsoring the parking lots. For a complete schedule of Red River Balloon Rally events and to purchase tickets, visit www.RedRiverBalloonRally.com or Red River Balloon Rally Facebook page.
The competitive balloons can be seen throughout Caddo and Bossier parishes June 20-25 from approximately 6:45am- 8:30am weather permitting. Special Shapes will be inflated Friday June 24 at Carter Credit Union, 8898 Ellerbe Rd. and Red River Chevrolet, 221 Traffic St. between 6:45 am and 8:00 am, weather permitting. Please check the Red River Balloon Rally Facebook page every morning to find out exactly where the balloons will fly and how the weather will affect these flights. For more details on the U.S. Team Nationals Competition, please visit https://redriverballoonrally.com/competition.
In addition to the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by Louisiana Office of Tourism, the public can also see the balloons at the Balloons over Desoto festival on Sunday, June 26 at C. E. “Rusty” Williams Airport in Mansfield, LA.
Sponsors of the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by Louisiana Office of Tourism include the Shreveport- Bossier Sports Commission, City of Bossier City, DeSoto Parish Police Jury, CenterPoint Energy, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Shreveport, Coors Light, Heard McElroy and Vestal, TeamLogic IT, Stuart’s Integrated Services, Red River Bank, Raising Cane’s, Carter Credit Union, Red River Chevrolet, Holiday Lanes, LSUS Foundation, and many more.
For a full list of sponsors visit redriverballoonrally.com.
For more information on sporting events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveportbossiersports.com. For information on things to do and see in Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side, including area hotel and restaurant listings, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org and www.sbfunguide.com, or call (800) 551-8682.