More than 18,000 youth across Louisiana are expected to participate on Saturday in the fifth annual Lemonade Day.

Stands will be set-up throughout the state as part of a national program. It is designed to encourage entrepreneurship and character development among Louisiana’s youth by supporting them in establishing and operating their own lemonade businesses.

A kickoff event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Stallings Playground, 1600 Gentilly Blvd., one block from the main entrance of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Saints player Thomas Morstead and Lemonade Day Louisiana co-founder John Georges will be joined by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lemonade Day New Orleans City Champion Gary Solomon Sr., New Orleans Saints mascots Gumbo and Sir Saint, along with elected officials, community leaders and dozens of youth from the Stallings Gentilly Playground Booster Club.

After covering their expenses and paying back their investors, children participating in Lemonade Day are encouraged to open a youth savings account and also donate a portion of their proceeds to a local charity.

More than 29 corporate sponsors have teamed up to sponsor the statewide event.

A list of lemonade stand locations is at http://louisiana.lemonadeday.org/stand-locations.

Lemonade Day Louisiana, founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Georges and Todd Graves, is one of over 40 regions in the U.S. and Canada to participate in Lemonade Day.