The Texas Street Bridge lights up once again in 2022

Once again Shreveport and Bossier will have a crossing of light.

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) -

For a long time, people around downtown Shreveport enjoyed the neon lights on the Texas Street bridge. After a while though, the lights stopped working. A recent renovation on the bridge called for something new. The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) took the lead on a new project to re-light the bridge. Now, the Bakowski Bridge of Lights is set to illuminate the Long/Allen bridge. 375 LED lights are being installed on the 1930s bridge thanks to a public and private sector commitment.

Head to the banks of the Red River, the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and the Red River District on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (2-22-22) for the lighting of the bridge. Academy Award winning filmmaker William Joyce along with other local artists are programming light shows to display every night. These shows features lights of all colors choreographed to music that will be heard under the bridge on both sides.

Opening night features something special on the bridge that hasn’t happened in a while. Couples can get married with the bridge as a backdrop. People can renew their vows or make a BFF commitment. The light switch gets turned on and fireworks cap off the night. The event starts at 5:30pm and ends at 9:00pm. If you can’t make the ceremony, you can help out by adopting an LED light for a year.

William Joyce hopes…”thousands of people will line the riverbanks on both sides to watch the bridge become a living, breathing entity illuminating the river as it comes to life in a pulsating, crescendo of music and energy unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”

The Red River “Light It Up” Fests keeps the party going.

More celebrations are planned starting in June 2022. On the first Friday of every month on alternating sides of the river, party under the bridge with an arts market, street performers and a food truck market. Students from Caddo Parish Public Schools, Southern University at Shreveport, Bossier Parish Community College and the VOA Lighthouse Afterschool Program plan to create light shows. So the bridge will be constantly changing.

You can use the 3,000 foot canvas of the Bakowski Bridge of Lights for something special. According to their press release, “The transformation of the Bridge will be a beacon for attractions and special occasions. People can purchase bridge lighting designs for special celebrations and announcements; lighting programs can feature Causes such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Casinos, the Aquarium and Sci-Port can offer “viewing” opportunities; and major I-20 interchanges will invite visitors to drive the animated light experience.”

NOTICE: The story has been updated since the original post. The wedding ceremony will take place on the ground, not on the bridge according to SRAC.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.