SHREVEPORT, La. - The City of Shreveport is working with organizers to help local events grow and prosper.
"Shreveport has been really good at supporting a lot of things that we do. The mayor is really active in some things, he works out, he's a health seeker, he does a really good job in his own personal fitness and then understands this as a community," said Gary Lash, the CEO of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.
"I'm leading from the front right. You know, this is my fourth, this is my fifth event before noon today, so just showing people that hey, get out, get involved, there's so much to do, so much to learn,” said Mayor Adrian Perkins.
The first YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Celebrity Flag Football Game is just one example.
It helped to kick off the Y’s football season.
Lash is excited to get more kids involved in the sport.
He believes partnering with the city will help the program expand.
KTBS asked Mayor Adrian Perkins what event organizers have to do to get help.
"One if they call my office and give us the date it's very likely that I'll show up if it's a first time event. Number two, we're looking for various ways. We're talking to the lieutenant governor about possibly helping us subsidize some of those first time events to see if we can get them off the ground, and see if it'll be catchy in the community. So, we're trying to provide them resources and add moral support so that they can go out and do that," said Perkins.
Emerie Gentry, the event organizer of the 16th Annual Highland Jazz and Blues Festival tells KTBS getting help is pretty simple.
"You just fill out an application, you go to a meeting or two, and you work it out with them. And, we've got fire and police and everybody here to make sure we're safe and well," said Gentry.
Gentry said the event brings out 8,000 to 10,000 people to Columbia Plaza.
"Without the City of Shreveport we couldn't have it here," said Gentry.
Plus, it gives local musicians a chance to show off their talents.
"I've always wanted to play this event, and today I finally get to. And, it's a big honor," said Peter Fetterman, a musician.
Mayor Perkins said these events boost quality of life.
"I think that it's improving every single day. I want everybody to just stick with it, stay positive, you know, start those events if you're interested, go to the events if you're interested. And let’s just promote Shreveport in a possible way," said Perkins.