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June 14, 2020
Annual Balloons Over DeSoto
C E Rusty Williams Airport
211 Independent Ave
Grand Cane LA 71032
Annual Balloons Over DeSoto

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.

From Festival to Overflight: The 2020 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally converts summer festival into a safe overflight | What's Happening | ktbs.com

SHREVEPORT, La. – 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.

“I remember reintroducing the Balloon Rally five years ago, and the community was overjoyed with the balloons coloring the sky. Although COVID-19 hijacked many of our spring and summer plans, our team and sponsors thought it would be best to offer our community a cheery sense of ‘feel good,’” said Kelly Wells, executive director of Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “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 with the intention 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.