City of Central to celebrate 'Devon Gales Day' with parade, Jamb - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

City of Central to celebrate 'Devon Gales Day' with parade, Jambalaya cookout

Devon Gales (Source: WAFB) Devon Gales (Source: WAFB)
CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) -

The City of Central will celebrate Devon Gales Day on December 5 with what organizers are calling a "Jambalaya Jamboree."

The event will begin with the 29th annual Central Christmas Parade at 10 a.m., followed by area leaders and businesses serving more than 2,000 pounds of Jambalaya. Live music will be provided by the Lagniappe Band.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the recovery efforts of Southern University’s Devon Gales. He suffered a spinal injury while playing in the Southern University football game against Georgia in September. Gales has been recovering at Good Shepard Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Organizers say the parade starts and ends near Zoar Baptist Church on the corner of Joor and Hooper Roads, across from Winn-Dixie in Central.

"It isn't unusual for the Central community to rise to the need of one of their own after adversity strikes. Gales and his parents will be honored by riding with me in parade" said with Mayor Shelton.

Tickets to the event can be purchased for $5 at Central High School, Mayor Junior Shelton’s office, and all schools in the Central Community School System. Jambalaya and white bean dinner plates are $10, and bowls of Mike Anderson’s Seafood Gumbo will be sold for $5.

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