Friday May 23rd & Saturday May 24th
Gibsland, Louisiana holds an Authentic Bonnie & Clyde Festival annually on the weekend closest to the May 23, 1934 anniversary date of the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde.
Bring your family and friends and join us each year as we remember the historical ambush of the infamous outlaws Bonnie & Clyde, with fun festivities, great food, music and authentic re-enactments.
Each year the festival kicks off on Friday night with live enterainment and a dinner of authentic Louisiana Jambalaya at the Lion's Club around 6pm. Cost: $10.00 at the door. Following dinner is the Lorraine Joyner Historical Meeting featuring guest speakers which may include family members, historians and authors.
Saturday's festivites start off with a pancake breakfast at the Lion's Club between 8am - 10am. Cost: $5.00 per plate. The streets come to life with vendors, live entertainment, a parade and action packed reenactments. At 11:00 a look-alike contest will be held for Bonnie, Clyde and the officers who ambushed them. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. There is plenty of good food and refreshments along with two fantastic museums to visit. A new addition to the festivities is Bingo next door to the Gibsland Grill.
The festival winds down around 4:30pm when everyone drives out to the actual ambush site for an authentic reenactment of the fateful day when Bonnie & Clyde were gunned down by the law.
This annual festival is not meant to glorify the life and crimes of Bonnie & Clyde nor to celebrate their tragic death. It is an annual get together of family members, historians and authors so they can share their interest in the history and the mystery. The town welcomes anyone who wishes to attend and learn the truth about the history of Bonnie & Clyde.
Vendors may contact the Gibsland Bank and Trust at (318) 843-6228 or write the festival committee at P. O. Box 652, Gibsland, La., 71028.
If you miss this year’s festival, not to worry, there will be another one next year.