PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The City of Port Allen is starting off its three-day Centennial Celebration with a prayer breakfast and the 100 Hours for 100 Years events, a day of volunteer and service work organized by area community programs.
Rev. Thomas Bessix, pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Dallas, is the featured speaker for the prayer breakfast. Bessix is a Southern University alum, with a degree in counseling and psychology. He also studied at LSU and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Volunteer projects taking place include small building projects, landscaping, cleanup of non-profits and schools, and unpacking and organizing projects for St. Vincent de Paul and Port City organizations.
Festivities for the celebration are set for Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 and include the Centennial Parade, featuring seven bands, including the Southern University Band, lighted floats, CNN news anchor, Don Lemon, and much more. There will also be a fireworks show following the parade, with more bands, a historical exhibit, jambalaya cookoff, car show, 5K run/walk, rides, crafts, and more.
The 5K run/walk begins on Saturday at the Old Ferry Landing Park levee at 7 a.m. The opening ceremony will follow at the riverfront at 10 a.m. with rides, food, and craft booths opening at that time. Bands begin playing at 12 p.m. Featured bands include the Neal Brothers at 5 p.m., the Keith Frank Southern Zydeco Band at 4:15 p.m., and Cupid at 8 p.m. The Centennial Parade begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks on the Mississippi River at 9 p.m.
The jambalaya cookoff winners will be announced on Sunday at 11 a.m. when rides, food, a craft booths open. A walking tour of the history of Port Allen also starts at 11 a.m., with the car show beginning at 1 p.m. Music for the day includes Bucktown All Stars at 1 p.m., Bag of Donuts at 3:30 p.m., and Morris Day and The Time at 5 p.m. The West Baton Rouge Museum will also be open throughout the weekend and will feature a special exhibit about the history of Port Allen.
For more information about the Centennial Celebration, visit the City of Port Allen's Facebook page here.