LAKE CHARLES, La. — The 14th annual Bayou Classic Christian Fellowship of Southwest Louisiana (BCCF of SWLA) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2; Thursday, Nov. 21; and Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24 at Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church (ZTBC), 910 North Shattuck Street. The purpose of the event is to further the gospel of Jesus Christ and assist youth and young adults in making career and educational choices. The theme of this year’s event is “Strength in Unity.”
This year, festivities will kick off with the second annual BCCF of SWLA Beauty & Beau Pageant on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at ZTBC. The pageant will feature several categories from infant to 23 years of age.
On Thursday, Nov. 21, a “Youth and Young Adult Motivational & Empowerment Rally” will be held at ZTBC at 6:30 p.m. Joseph W. Semien Jr, M.D., co-author of Pulse of Perseverance: Three Black Doctors on Their Way to Success, will be the guest speaker.
“Working together works! We are very encouraged by the positive influence this event has sparked concerning our targeted audience. The support of all participants and stakeholders is greatly appreciated,” said Evangelism Director, Edward Jordan.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, the BCCF of SWLA celebration begins with a parade at 11 a.m. comprised of marching bands, singing groups, and Gumbeaux Gator. The parade entry fee is $10 for a single entry and $20 for multiple entries. Line-up begins at 9 a.m. facing east on Fitzenreiter Rd., and south on N. Simmons St. near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. The parade will proceed south on N. Simmons St. to Moeling St., west on Moeling St. to N. Prater St., south on Prater to Opelousas St., west on Opelousas to N. Shattuck St., and north on Shattuck to the campus of Zion Tabernacle.
Immediately following the parade, a college and career fair will be held with recruiters representing schools and businesses from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Complimentary food will be served in a tailgate-themed atmosphere. Gospel singing and other ministry will be featured on an outdoor stage. The event will also include a kids’ zone, vendor booths, and a health fair. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, a worship service will begin at 8 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and a worship service at 11 a.m. Dr. Stacey Duhon, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Grambling State University, will be the guest speaker.