Paragon Casino Resort Brings Back Gator Feeding Shows in “Gator Bayou Lobby”

Shows are free and open-to-the public, no ticket or registration required.

Marksville, La. Paragon Casino Resort is bringing back its legendary Gator Feeding Shows beginning on Saturday, July 15. Hotel guests, casino visitors and the public can enjoy a free, educational and entertaining 30-minute live-feeding with the live alligators in the “Gator Bayou” located inside the hotel’s atrium. Photo opportunities with a baby alligator and a “holding” snake will take place after each show and will be free to the public.

Paragon Casino Resort General Manager, Marshall Ray Sampson Sr. is delighted about the return of the shows, “Paragon Casino Resort is Central Louisiana’s premier entertainment destination, and unique offerings such as our Gator Bayou and the Gator Feeding shows set us apart. As we continue to add new amenities and upgrades, we’re eager to be able to bring back this tradition to our guests and the community at large.”

During these shows, gator specialist Gary Saurage will share fascinating facts about Louisiana’s signature bayou dwellers and Louisiana culture. Saurage, who has been featured on more than 50 national TV shows as seen on CMT, A&E and Animal Planet, owns Gator Country Louisiana – the largest alligator park in the state – where Paragon’s Gator Bayou alligators are raised.

The 7-acre property houses over 250 alligators and is run by Saurage and his wife, Shannon, who are excited to showcase their expertise and bring live-feeding shows back to Paragon. “We are very educated about the Louisiana alligator, so this will be a great opportunity for people to learn and have fun,” says Gary, “Afterward, we will have baby alligators and snakes for the participants to hold and take photos – our favorite part!”

The shows run every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and are free and open to the public, including students, summer campers, and any organization interested in the experience. No registration is required.

Beginning on Saturday, July 29th, the Tunica-Biloxi Singers and Legendkeepers will perform “Traditional Songs & Stories of the Tunica Biloxi Tribe” following the gator shows. The traditional songs and stories they will share tell the stories of alligators and other native flora and fauna found in south Louisiana. The alligator has a symbolic meaning for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and is woven into the Tunica creation story.


About Paragon Casino Resort

Since opening its doors in 1994, Paragon Casino Resort has strived to become one of the top gaming destinations in Louisiana. The property features an impressive lineup of amenities and attractions, including over 1,000 slot machines and over 30 tables, including live poker and sports betting; three hotel towers with more than 500 well-appointed rooms; full-service spa and salon; Topgolf Swing Suite game simulators; 18-hole championship golf course with a pro shop and restaurant; indoor tropical pool & two outdoor pools; a bayou-themed atrium featuring a live alligator habitat; a three-screen movie theater; several bars & restaurants, including a steakhouse and a buffet; full-service RV resort & cabins; Cyber Quest arcade & Kids Quest supervised play center; and over 75,000 square feet of meeting space, including an expansive showroom for concerts and conventions.

To learn more, visit or call 800-946-1946.

About Gator Country Louisiana

Gator Country Louisiana is the largest alligator park in the state. The park of almost 25 years, which houses over 250 American Alligators was previously known as Bayou Pierre Alligator Park. In July 2020, owners Gary and Shannon Saurage, who also own Texas’s largest alligator park bought the park to continue the legacy of the previous owner’s Terry and Deborah Rogers. Come explore the mysterious, exciting world of the American Alligator at the Alligator Park, just outside Natchitoches, Louisiana. This seven-acre park is the largest of its kind in Louisiana, complete with Cajun Music, lots of hungry alligators, caimans, tortoises, and much more.

To learn more, visit or call (318) 354-0106.