As each day's events carried on, there was a feeling that MegaFest was just too BIG! Even for resident Texans used to doing everything big, MegaFest brought their expectations to its knees. Concerts,church services,a Family Expo, basketball games, a film festival and even a comedy show. The easier question to answer is what there was to NOT do at MegaFest. Celebrities, churchgoers and journalists from all over the world came to Dallas on last week and packed each of the three hose venues for what was one of the largest simultaneous crowds ever.
At the press conference for last week's event, Mayor Mike Rawlings anticipated a crowd close to 50,000 and by all measurements, MegaFest looked to match that number. However, in retrospect it's easy to see how the world's premiere church conference eclipsed even that numeration. This examiner was on hand for the three day event and had an up close view of the inner workings of this Mega-Festival.
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The largest event of its kind, MegaFest featured four of Jakes' most popular conferences: ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth and MegaKidz along with celebrity entertainment, business and other inspirational features for the entire family.
Mega is almost an understatement for the three-day festival, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes and wife Serita, known as MegaFest. Held in Dallas, Aug. 29-31, 2013 the ultimate intersection of faith family attracted more than 75,000 participants during its three-day run at multiple venues in the city: The Dallas Convention Center, the Omni Dallas Hotel and the American Airlines Center.
"The success of MegaFest in Dallas is above and beyond my expectations," said Bishop T.D. Jakes. "I couldn't be more proud of my team who worked tirelessly to produce this three-day event and provide a platform for faith, prayer, inspiration and encouragement. I see why God sent me to Dallas. And I thank him for all his blessing."
Oprah Winfrey kicked-off the festival with the taping of her Lifeclass in front of thousands at the American Airlines Center. This was followed by numerous headliners including Joel and Victoria Osteen, who hosted an empowerment session, Oscar and Grammy winner, Jennifer Hudson, who headlined the Woman of Purpose concert and participated in the first International Faith and Family Film Festival, Steve Harvey, "Scandal's" Kerry Washington, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and of course, Bishop T.D. Jakes who spoke at numerous sessions including Woman Thou Art Loosed, ManPower and MegaYouth. Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash hosted the "Just Churchin'" Comedy Show, while "omg! Insider's" Kevin Frazier moderated multiple panel presentations during the Film Festival.
Other notable personalities who attended, performed or participated in MegaFest activities include: Tyler Perry, Brandy, Ray J, Robert Townsend, Tamar Braxton, Terrell Owens, Michelle Williams, Ben & Jewel Tankard, Isaac Caree, Tisha Campbell Martin, Holly Robinson Peete, Kim Burrell, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Alan Houston, Malinda Williams, Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, Ray Chew, Emmitt and Pat Smith, Fred Hammond, David and Tamela Mann, Jacob Latimore, Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, Kierra Sheard, Mali Music, Anthony Mackie, Toccara, Wesley Jonathan, and more