Bonnie & Clyde Festival

The Bonnie & Clyde Festival takes place yearly on the weekend closest to their death in Gibsland, Louisiana.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were media sensations in the early 1930s as their gang robbed banks and gas stations. Their six-state crime spree resulted in the death of a dozen people. Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed by police on May 23, 1934, in Gibsland.

The festival literature points out that they are not glorifying the criminal couple but are celebrating law enforcement. That said, many gleefully take part in the Bonnie and Clyde lookalike contest posing in front of a bullet-ridden car and delight at the gun play from both sides of the reenactment.

Besides the reenactments and parade, there is an elderly Elvis impersonator and two museums dedicated to Bonnie and Clyde. The Ambush Museum has mannequins splattered in blood in many scenarios, gory real life photos, and a replica of the car they were killed in.

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