NFL Draft Party
Throughout the first 43 years in Independence Bowl history, 71 I-Bowl stars have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl NFL Draft Party was an event in its first year in 2019, as fans gathered at Walk-On’s in Shreveport to hear some former Independence Bowl stars hear their names called in the first round.
The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl’s Kickoff event returns for the 10th consecutive year, as the Kickoff Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 11th at 6 p.m. Former North Webster and LSU star linebacker, and 5th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Devin White, will be the featured speaker. The program will feature a Q&A between White and “Voice of the Tigers” Chris Blair, followed by an audience Q&A session.
Shreveport Convention Center
Tickets – $10
The annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast is presented each year for the participating teams and their coaching and administrative staffs. Hosted by the NWLA FCA Chapter, this event annually hosts more than 500 guests, offering breakfast, and featured speakers who give their personal testimonies. Tickets for the FCA Breakfast will go on sale at a later date.
Big Game Show
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Tickets – $5
Before the teams take to the gridiron, they will have to battle it out in the “Big Game Show.” Coaches and players from both teams will compete in an array of game show-style competitions, and the audience will have a chance to participate too! Tickets for the Big Game Show will go on sale at a late date.
Rally on the Red
The Rally on the Red is the annual FREE event the day before the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl to bring local fans and traveling fans together in the Red River District and downtown Shreveport. The Rally on the Red includes:
- Pub Crawl
- Mardi Gras Preview Parade
- Pep Rally and Battle of the Bands
More information on all the Rally on the Red is below.
The Pub Crawl features many of downtown Shreveport’s best bars and restaurants. The full list of locations will be announced at a later date.
MARDI GRAS PREVIEW PARADE & PEP RALLY
Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Downtown Shreveport & Red River District
The FREE parade will feature the bands, cheerleaders and mascots from each team, as well as over 20 Mardi Gras floats and other festivities down the main street of the Boardwalk.
Following the parade, the two schools’ bands will gather in the Red River District for a Pep Rally and Battle of the Bands.
Red River District
Following the Pub Crawl, Mardi Gras Preview Parade and Pep Rally/Battle of the Bands, fans can gather in the Red River District for a FREE concert! The first two years of the event have featured performances from The Toadies and Parish County Line.
Independence Bowl Foundation
P.O Box 1723, Shreveport LA 71166 | 401 Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 | 318.221.0712