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From Festival to Overflight

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Balloon Rally Converts Summer Festival into a Safe Overflight

The fifth annual CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally, presented by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, has converted their popular summer festival event into a safe, picturesque overflight for the Shreveport-Bossier community to enjoy from the comfort of their homes or the seat of their cars, June 12-13. Weather permitting, the overflight edition of the Balloon Rally will consist of nearly 12 local and regional balloons sailing over various neighborhoods in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

Kelly Wells, executive director of Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, said, “This overflight will give us all an opportunity to look into the sky and see brighter days ahead as we plan for 2021.”

Although the winds are the ultimate deciding factors of the final flight routes, the pilots will take off from various locations to soar across downtown Shreveport and central Bossier City. The Balloon Rally overflight is projected to launch in three waves at these approximate times:

• Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m.

• Saturday, June 13, at 7 a.m.

• Saturday, June 13, at 6 p.m.

In lieu of the annual Balloons over DeSoto event, spectators can potentially catch another wave of balloons in DeSoto Parish, which is a 45-minute drive south of Shreveport-Bossier. If weather permits, pilots will conduct an overflight at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 14.

“We are proud to continue our support of this great community event, and we’re confident that it will come back even bigger and better next year,” said Eric Barkley, district director of CenterPoint Energy. “In the meantime, we hope seeing the beautiful balloons flying over our area will bring some joy during these challenging times. “ For more information and future updates on the overflight edition of the 2020 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally, visit www. RedRiverBalloonRally.com or follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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