The Let the Good Times Roll Festival will host its 33rd annual event in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza, June 21-23, 2019. Though the festival is a well-known celebration of African American art, music, food and more, there’s a lot about this festival that somehow manages to fly under the radar.

2019 Festival Chair Vencil Holmes stopped by 20×49 Live – our new broadcast studio housed at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau – to discuss omega oil (that’s a cocktail), omega sauce (that’s a marinade for smoked turkey legs), the Omega Lamplighters program (that’s a youth mentoring program funded by the festival), and more. From free hair cuts for kids to free wellness check-ups, there’s a lot more to Let the Good Times Roll than just a party. As Holmes says: “It’s a party with a purpose.”

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If you feel like you’re familiar with the Let the Good Times Roll Festival, but you’ve never sipped omega oil (a fraternity house concoction that, no kidding, is called “Purple Jesus” in some parts of the world) or chowed down on a turkey leg marinated in omega sauce, you probably need to give the festival another look. For the curious, here’s a 10-minute conversation with Festival Chair Vencil Holmes, who shared his insider’s take on the music, food, booze, and more.

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