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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The 26th Annual Black Heritage festival kicked off in Lake Charles on Friday.
At the Lake Charles Central School on Friday night, comedian and magician Dewayne Hill shocked the audience with magic tricks like making cards disappear.
The Black Heritage Festival started out as a one-day event 26 years ago and now it's an event with activities scattered throughout the year.
This weekend it's really about coming together to celebrate culture, according to executive director of the festival, Judith Washington.
The festival will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center this weekend. Those who partake in the festivities will get to enjoy children's entertainment, door prizes, shopping, talent shows, educational seminars and music.
Washington said people can listen to gospel music, jazz, R&B and of course, Zydeco.
"The importance of the festival when we first started out was bringing the African American culture to Southwest Louisiana," Washington said.
"It gave those individuals the opportunity to showcase whatever talents they had whether it's singing, poetry, dance, whatever. Well, now we've expanded. We continue to showcase our culture, but it's not just about the African American culture, it's about culture in itself; the diversity of what we have here," she said.
All of the proceeds from the festival support its scholarship fund. Each year, the festival awards 11 local high school seniors college scholarships.
For more information on the Lake Charles Black Heritage Festival, click here.