May 21, 2013 1:15 PM by KATC(PHOTO COURTESY: SPECIAL OLYMPICS WEBSITE)
The Special Olympics of Louisiana Annual Torch Run will be held in Opelousas on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
The Torch Run is an annual event that signals the opening of the Special Olympic Games in the State of Louisiana.
The torch is carried through various cities throughout the State of Louisiana to its home base in Hammond, Louisiana, where the opening ceremonies are held.
Law Enforcement Officers throughout the state participate in the annual running of the torch in a strong show of support for Special Olympics and the many Special Olympians residing in the State.
The torch is expected to arrive in Opelousas at approximately 10:30am on Thursday at the Opelousas Civic Center. The Opelousas Police Department torch runners will begin the run heading West on Creswell Lane to Union Street. The Torch Runners will head North on Union Street to Vine Street (US 190). Then the final leg of the run will head East on Vine Street to disband at the Farmers Market. After a short meet & greet with some Special Olympians, the torch will then be transported to the Baton Rouge area for another leg of the run.
All businesses along the route are asked to show support by stepping outside to applaud as several of the area Special Olympians will follow the Torch on the route.
Chief Gallow stated that he, along with the Opelousas Police Department feels that it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a historic event for the kids who take part in the Special Olympics program. Gallow added, to have the torch carried through our great city is definitely an honor as the Opelousas Police Department have supported Louisiana Special Olympics for several years participating in several Louisiana Special Olympic Fundraisers.