The Louisiana lifestyle picks up doses of Southern tradition and Texas twang in Bossier Parish, where visitors can explore big city amenities or settle down in the relaxing pace of countryside communities. With a sequenced water jet fountain, and its many riverfront theaters, shops, restaurants and outdoor spaces, the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City is a prime attraction. Additionally, Las Vegas-style casinos and the Louisiana Downs horseracing track fuel a lively gaming scene. Bossier is a hub for north Louisiana-style Mardi Gras, and the Ark-La-Tex Mardi Gras museum showcases its traditions and spirit year-round. It's just a short drive from the city to the parish's many recreational waterways, wide-open spaces and small towns such as Benton, where the Benton on the Square History & Folkart Festival takes place in May and the Heritage Village, a collection of 19th-century buildings, serve as an educational time capsule of life in bygone times.