LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The MLK Coalition began the Martin Luther King Jr. Festival Friday with the 35th Annual Memorial Breakfast, saluting outstanding individuals in the community.
Baton Rouge Chief of Police Murphy J. Paul spoke was the keynote speaker at the breakfast, held at Mount Olive Baptist Church.
During the festival, there will also be a MLK Community 5K Run/3 Mile Walk and a MLK Health Awareness Fair, to increase health awareness, education, and physical activity.
On Saturday, the festival will have the MLK Community Clean-Up, which is partnering with local community leaders, businesses, politicians, local celebrities, and the Greek community to help clean up the city.
On Sunday, the Gospel Extravaganza will be held at the Throne of Grace Fellowship at 2401 6th Street.
The celebration will be come to a close Monday, Jan. 21, with the Family Day Festival, which is free to the public.
The Family Day Festival will have the Annual Parade, Zydeco, R&B, Blues, and Southern Soul Music. There will also be a Celebrity Gumbo Cook Off Contest, local vendors, exhibits, arts & crafts, and Creole and Cajun food.
Anyone wearing commemorative MLK T-Shirts will be invited to march in the parade.