Orleans Parish sheriff hosts annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Orleans Parish sheriff hosts annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Each year Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman holds a Thanksgiving celebration for the community, and this year was no different.

Volunteers worked all morning preparing food for the feast.

All of the food will make it's way to the convention center for the annual celebration.

Volunteers will be serving more than 1000 pounds of turkey, 1000 pounds of yams, gallons of gravy, and hundreds of pies and cookies.

On top of the food, the celebration is also promising some fun.

There will be live performances from several musicians, including grammy-award winner Irvin Mayfield.

The sheriff's office said there will be a surprise guest that is guaranteed to delight everyone who attends.

The thanksgiving celebration starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m.

It is being held in hall I-2 of the convention center. Free parking is available in Lot F, right across from the venue.

This is the event's 43rd year. It started out for just senior citizens, but after Hurricane Katrina, it opened up to anyone who needs a place to eat on Thanksgiving.

"Its an opportunity for the community to come together to give thanks for the blessings they received throughout out the year," said Phil Stelly with OPSO.

For those who might need a ride to the celebration, the sheriff's office said they'll provide transportation too.  If you need a ride, call their office at 202-9215.