A parade of heroes, entertainment, career information and evangelism will be presented by Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church this weekend for the benefit of Lake Charles young people.
The event is the seventh annual Bayou Classic Christian Fellowship of Southwest Louisiana. The theme is “Strength in Unity.”
“We are exposing our youth to the gospel of Jesus Christ
and at the same time promoting higher education,” Elizabeth Conway Griffin, chairman, said. “Representatives of McNeese State, Grambling State and Southern universities will be there to meet with students and explain the processes for enrollment.
“We recognize that not all graduates will go into college, so representatives of Sowela Technical Community College, Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center and Lake Area Vocational Schools will be there to discuss trade school options,” she said.
“We want them to know all their choices.”
Song, praise dance and other entertainment will be presented on an outdoor stage.
A parade will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 2009 N. Simmons, and move to the Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot at 910 N. Shattuck, where food will be available and a career fair begins.
Parade grand marshals will be Frank Antoine of Grambling State University and the Revs. Herman Weston and Edward Jordan of Southern University, 2012 inductees into the Football Hall of Fame.
Honorary grand marshal will be Charles Guidry, a farmer and Grambling State alumnus, of Charles Guidry Farm in Erath.
The Washington-Marion Magnet High School marching band and ROTC troops will lead the parade. Participation is expected from Opelousas.
Entries of decorated cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles will be included. There is no entry fee for school groups, and the fee for other individuals and organizations is $10 each or $20 for two or more. Vehicles must be decorated.
Sunday activities will include Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., taught by Grambling and Southern alumnae. The guest speaker for the 11 a.m. worship service will be Brandon Dumas, associate vice chancellor of the Southern University and A&M College System.
Community service awards will be presented to Ellaweena G. Woods, a Southern graduate, and Lottie Lavergne, a Grambling graduate.
The program was started by the Rev. Alvin Brass, Zion Tabernacle pastor, and the Rev. Edward Jordan, evangelism ministry director.