Event Update: 2020 Balloon Rally
Event Update: 2020 Balloon Rally Date Extended and Map of Potential Flight Route Available
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The 2020 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally: Overflight Edition returns this weekend with a series of overflights instead of the traditional outdoor festival, which was originally slated for June 12-13. The dates have been extended through Sunday morning, June 14 with an additional flight at 6:30 a.m. The purpose of the overflight extension is to give Shreveport-Bossier residents and visitors another chance to watch colorful hot air balloons soar across downtown Shreveport and central Bossier City, weather permitting. Social distancing is heavily encouraged as spectators enjoy the vibrant gift to the community. The updated hot air balloon flight schedule is as follows:
- Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, June 13 at 6:30 a.m.
- Saturday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
- Sunday, June 14 at 6:30 a.m.
Although weather is the ultimate deciding factor in the hot air balloon overflight details, Balloon Rally organizers designed a flight map that highlights the ideal flight route, based on winds blowing from northeast to southwest, as well as southwest to northeast. Weather conditions and flight routes are not predetermined or guaranteed. Most flight details will not be identified until moments before the pilots prepare to launch. For live updates on flight routes and more, visit the Red River Balloon Rally Facebook page one hour prior to the flight times listed above. In the event that uncooperative or unproductive weather arises June 12-14, Balloon Rally organizers have issued a back-up date to reintroduce the overflight during 4th of July weekend, July 3-5.