Public Events Schedule Culminates with 45th Independence Bowl

Rally on the Red headlines the Independence Bowl bowl week events schedule the night before the game


With the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl returning to the field on Saturday, December 18, the extensive schedule of bowl-week public events also returns in 2021 – headlined by the Rally on the Red on Friday, December 17.

Bowl week kicks off on Tuesday, December 14 with four days of public, team and Independence Bowl Foundation events leading up to game day on Saturday, December 18. Public events will begin on Thursday, December 16 and include the following events:


The Big Game Show will be at the Riverview Theater on Thursday, December 16. It features an array of game show-style competitions between the players and coaches from the two Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl teams. Admission is free, and the audience will have a chance to participate in the fun.


The annual Rally on the Red will be held on Friday night, December 17 and will feature a variety of free events for the entire family – all in downtown Shreveport in the Red River District. The Mardi Gras Preview Parade will kick off the festivities, featuring Mardi Gras floats from local Krewes. Immediately following the parade, the two school bands will headline the Pep Rally & Battle of the Bands underneath the Texas Street Bridge in the Red River District. The night of events will culminate with a free Block Party Concert on the stage in the Red River District.


The 45th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl kicks off at Independence Stadium at 2:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, December 18, but Coca-Cola Fan Fest will precede the game from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the State Fair Grounds. The event is free admission, but fans will need to purchase parking to gain access to the State Fair Grounds. Fans can pre-purchase parking at

Times and more information on all the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl public events will be released at a later date. Fans can stay up to date on the events at or on the bowl’s official social media channels – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@IndyBowl).

Members of the Independence Bowl Foundation will receive an invite to the Team Welcome Party for themselves and a guest. The event is on Tuesday, December 14 and gives Independence Bowl Foundation members the opportunity to welcome coaches, staff and administrators from the two universities to Shreveport. Independence Bowl Foundation memberships start at $200 a year can be purchased at


Next up on the Independence Bowl event schedule is the Kickoff Dinner on Saturday, July 10 at 6 p.m. – with former LSU and Dallas Cowboys defensive end and current ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears as the featured speaker.

The annual Kickoff Dinner is slated for Saturday, July 10 at the Shreveport-Convention Center. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., while the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Spears will begin speaking at approximately 7:15 p.m. with a brief audience Q&A to follow. The doors to the Shreveport Convention Center will open at 5:30 p.m.

Individual tickets to the 2021 Kickoff Dinner are $50 apiece, while a table for eight is $400 apiece. Tickets can be purchased online at or over the phone by calling the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl office at 318.221.0712 or toll-free at 888.414.BOWL.


Established in 1976, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl™ is the nation’s 11th-oldest bowl game. The 45th edition is slated to match up BYU and a representative of Conference USA on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC. Louisiana Tech recorded the first shutout in the game’s history with a 14-0 victory over Miami in the 44th Independence Bowl in 2019. The Independence Bowl Foundation announced a one-year extension with Radiance Technologies – ensuring they will be the title sponsor through 2025. The bowl’s conference and team agreements, as well as the television agreement, also run through the 2025 season. Army West Point and BYU are slated to match up against a rotation of the Pac-12 Conference, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA, which will be televised on an ESPN network.

The Independence Bowl Foundation is prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. For more information, visit or follow the bowl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

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