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Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators @ Festival Plaza

2019 Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators— gumbo cook-off at Shreveport’s downtown Festival Plaza Saturday, March 23. Past competitions have included teams of fire fighters, construction crews, higher ed organizations and even The Shreveport Times.  It takes a strong team spirit to prepare gumbo samplings for the 5,000 attendees the event has attracted the last two years, but the teams always make it a fun competition among neighboring teams and have a good time together.


The Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators is the largest annual fundraiser for Volunteers for Youth Justice, whose mission is to provide a community caring for children, youth and families in crisis. VYJ manages the CASA program for Northwest Louisiana, as well as other proactive programs to support children, youth and families in the area.

If your business would like to enter the competition, visit to view team rules and registration information. The deadline to register is March 4.

    Shreveport Festival Plaza
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101 United States