Countdown begins for wide range of Independence Bowl game-week events

THROW ME SOMETHIN’:  Beads and other keepsakes that delight people of all ages are part of the Explore Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade during the Independence Bowl’s Rally on the Red event on Dec. 15 in Bossier City. (Photo courtesy Independence Bowl)


The 2023 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl is right around the corner, and the week of the game will feature exciting and fun events for fans of all ages.

The FCA Breakfast will kick off the public event schedule on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Riverview Hall.

The following night, the eve of the 2023 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, local and traveling fans will all gather in the East Bank District for the free Rally on the Red. The Rally on the Red will feature four free events and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 15.

On game day on Saturday, December 16, the week of public events will culminate with Coca-Cola Fan Fest from 12-7:30 p.m. in the Silver Lot outside of Independence Stadium – leading fans into the 8:15 p.m. kickoff of the 47th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

The annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast is presented annually for the participating teams and their coaches and administration. Hosted by the NWLA FCA Chapter, this event annually hosts hundreds of guests, offering breakfast and featured speakers who give their testimonies. Tickets to the FCA Breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Riverview Hall, are $10 and can be purchased at              

The Rally on the Red gets fans ready for game day with four free events for fans of all ages on Friday, December 15. The Explore Louisiana Mardi Gras Preview Parade will get the night started at 6:30. The parade will feature floats from local Mardi Gras Krewes and the two participating school’s bands and spirit squads. It will begin at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and roll through the East Bank District in Bossier City.

Following the conclusion of the parade, the two school marching bands will play in a Battle of the Bands at 7:15 in the East Bank District Plaza. After the two bands duke it out, there will be a fireworks show at 7:45 behind Hurricane Alley in the East Bank District.

Culminating the night at 8 will be a free concert from a Taylor Swift Tribute Band in Hurricane Alley – located behind Beauxjax Crafthouse, Frozen Pirogue and Bayou Axe Co. Hurricane Alley is a great outdoor music venue with access to all three restaurants and bars for food and drinks.

The fun starts early on game day, Saturday, December 16, and goes all day leading up to the game with the free Coca-Cola Fan Fest from 12-7:30 p.m. on the northeast side of Independence Stadium in the Silver Lot. Coca-Cola Fan Fest will have entertainment for all ages – featuring live music all day from two bands, a DJ, cornhole, inflatables, face painting, a gaming bus, local food trucks, drinks, and a special appearance from Santa Claus.

The 47th edition of the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl is set for Saturday, December 16 at 8:15 p.m. between the Big 12 Conference and Pac-12 Conference. Various ticket options are on sale now for the Saturday night playing of Shreveport-Bossier’s annual bowl game.

Endzone Bench, Sideline Bench and Sideline Chairback tickets are available at Great ticket packages – including group tickets, Family Four-Packs, Small Business Fan-Packs and premium options – are available online or by calling the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl office at 318.221.0712 or toll-free at 888.414.BOWL.