A MOMENT OF HISTORY by MR KIPPERS:
(Photo comments by Master Kirby FitzKippers)
One of the oldest festivals in the South, Holiday in Dixie, celebrates the beginning of Spring and the Louisiana Purchase. It’s held right here in my hometown of Shreveport. The festival was started 69 years ago and includes a 10-day carnival, parade, treasure hunt, live music, many different sporting tournaments (golf, clay shoot, regatta, 5K run, etc), as well as a barbecue cook off and several balls.
After all, this IS Louisiana! There is something for everyone!
Many people know the incredible rich history of our beautiful Municipal Auditorium, where the Holiday in Dixie Cotillion Ball has been held for decades – The Cotillion ball is a beautiful themed gala, complete with a Royal Court and Court Jesters, but what you don’t know is that it is also where Elvis Presley got his start AND the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first spoken! He gave 84 performances in Shreveport!
The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium first opened its doors to the public in 1929. It is a National Historic Site and its lavish architecture is one of the best examples of the Art Deco style in Louisiana. It sits on Elvis Presley Blvd and Elvis’ statue, along with that of his lead guitarist James Burton, stand in a place of honor in front of the auditorium. Check out James Burton! http://www.james-burton.net/biography/
Last year I had my own Classic Kippers float, it was fantastic! In fact, I also participated in the 2014 Holiday in Dixie parade too, as Grand Marshal of Barkus & Meoux. This year I decided that it was time for Kirby to get his feet wet. And no, I didn’t know it was going to rain (snort, snort, chortle, chortle) Of course he wasn’t going to ride in the parade, but Dad invited him down to check out the Jester’s floats. He got a little dressed up and even got in a few photo ops before the heavy rains. I’m very proud of him because I’m told that he was a pretty good fellow!
THE SHREVEPORT MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Elvis and James Burton)
CHECKING OUT THE FLOATS
THE MASKED MAN’S GOT ME!
ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE PICTURES!