NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – Bayou Classic week is underway and the 48th edition of the Southern vs. Grambling game is going to include two interim head coaches.
Southern and Grambling are squaring off on Saturday, November 27 in the Caesars Superdome.
The Bayou Classic is about more than the game as there are many events surrounding the game.
A list of scheduled events can be found below:
Friday, November 26
Business at Bayou Classic: A Black Small Business Showcase: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented in partnership with the LA Chamber of Commerce
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
This new event that has been added to the family of annual Bayou Classic events is a showcase of African American-owned small and emerging businesses within the state of Louisiana to promote economic growth and utilization by the state’s business community and organizations. More than 40 African American-owned small and emerging businesses from across the state will be in attendance. This event is open to the public.
Battle of the Bands and Greek Show: 7:00 pm, doors open at 8:00 pm:
Battle of the Bands presented by Microsoft
Approximately 25,000 people will be at the show, as the Southern and Grambling’s historic marching bands strut across the Superdome in a colorful showdown that is the highlight of The Bayou Classic weekend for many attendees. In addition, the Greek show will feature creative skits from traditionally black Greek organizations across Louisiana.
As the presenting sponsor of this year’s Battle of the Bands, Microsoft will have a special presentation of its Microsoft Halolens, an ergonomic, untethered self-contained holographic device with enterprise-ready applications to increase user accuracy and output.
Saturday, November 27
Annual Bayou Classic Parade: 9:30 am start time:
The Annual Bayou Classic Parade continues this year in traditional, New Orleans fashion with ten floats and more than 30 total units.
This will be the first parade for area high schools since Mardi Gras 2020. High school band directors are saying, “The Bayou Classic Parade is kickstarting our entire parading season.”
Participation by all of the top New Orleans area high school bands including LB Landry High School, St. Augustine High School and their Marching 100, Edna Karr High School, McDonough 35, Sophie B Wright High School and Warren Easton High School.
As traditionally done, one out-of-state group will be in the parade. The Kansas City Marching Cobras Drum & Drill Team will be returning for their second Bayou Classic Parade. Leader Gregg James is a Southern alum.
This will be the first appearance of Louisiana Bike Life, with an expected 80-100 member krewe riding custom cruiser bikes. There will be a special “Southern Jaguars” bike.
The Grand Marshall for this year’s Annual Bayou Classic Parade is Mayor of the City of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell.
Route details: Parade begins on Elysian Fields Avenue at N. Peters Street; proceeds down N. Peters St onto Decatur Street; turns right on Canal Street; turns left on St Charles Avenue; turns right on Poydras Street; turns right on Loyola Avenue; parade ends at Duncan Plaza located on Loyola Avenue at Perdido Street.
Bayou Classic Fan Festival: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm:
The “Embrace the Culture” Stage is presented by The City of New Orleans, Office of Cultural Economy and the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund
Champions Square at the Caesars Superdome
An extremely popular pre-game celebration where live musical performances and entertainment get the crowd warmed up for the game. The schedule of performers for this year includes:
Mouse On Tha Track
Fan Fest will be hosted by Courtney Mpagi of WBOK 1230am.
Students from the Central Creativity Robotics program will showcase the robots they built from reusable parts. This program fosters PreK-12 students’ creativity via the development of educational robotics in a dynamic, innovative and immersive atmosphere. The robots that will be on display at Fan Fest are those that have been built and recognized as part of the organization’s robotics build competitions.
Fan Fest attendees will also enjoy sponsor activations and special giveaways throughout the event.
As for the game itself, everything you need to know can be found below:
The 48th Annual Bayou Classic, Presented by Procter & Gamble: 4:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
National anthem: The Crescent City All-Stars Band
The Crescent City All-Stars Band is composed of 175 student musicians from 13 New Orleans area high schools. Each band director selects the best of the best musicians to participate. Band directors from all over the city are involved in the organization and rehearsals.
The musical director is Trey Vernado from Young Audiences Charter and the volunteer leader is Sgt. Richard Blackman who heads the NOPD Events team. He was a trombone player in the Grambling Marching Tigers Band.
This national anthem performance is fueling the kickstart of this all-star band after a period of forced dormancy following the pandemic outbreak.
The 48th Annual Bayou Classic Halftime Show
Presented by The Coca-Cola Company:
The electrifying halftime show will feature the Grambling State University’s World Famed Marching Band and Southern University’s Human Jukebox and Dancing Dolls.
Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster, the Bayou Classic official website, www.mybayouclassic.com, or by downloading the official Bayou Classic Mobile App.
Grambling State University is the home team at the 48th Annual Bayou Classic and its fans will sit on the west side of the Caesars Superdome. Southern University, as the visiting team, will sit on the east side of the Superdome. For Battle of the Bands, Southern will be on the South side of the Caesars Superdome (in front of section 141) and Grambling will be in the North side (in front of section 143 at the Gate A side of the Superdome)
Special Olympics Louisiana:
Special Olympics Louisiana is excited to announce the first Unified Rivalry Flag Football Games between Southern University and Grambling State University during the Bayou Classic Weekend, in partnership with NOCCI and Bayou Classic. Taking place at Lemann Park (628 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA) on November 27th beginning at 9:00 am, the flag football game will feature Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and Unified Partners that will represent both Southern University and Grambling State University. There will be an opening ceremony followed by the flag football game. The awards ceremony will take place inside Caesars Superdome during the annual Bayou Classic.
The Louisiana Department of Health has partnered with the Bayou Classic, the National Medical Association and Doc Griggs to provide COVID vaccination and testing points throughout the series of events.
On Friday, vaccines and COVID testing will be available on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency, outside of the Empire Ballroom, from 11 am – 4 pm. And on game day Saturday from 9:30 am – 2 pm, vaccines and testing will be available at the Caesars Superdome, Ground A ramps and the North & South entrances of Champions Square. And for a little lagniappe, anyone who gets their first COVID-19 shot will receive a $100 Visa Debit Card.
Business on the Bayou Panel Discussions:
Presented by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, Amazon and the New Orleans Black Chamber, a series of panel discussion will end activities at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Friday, November 26.
4:00 pm Opening Remarks by Representative Edward “Ted” C. James, II – Chairman, Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus
4:15 pm Panel 1: Federal Administration Update
Moderated by Representative Jason Hughes
Panelists include representatives from the US Department of Housing and Development, US Small Business Administration and US Department of Agriculture
5:15 pm Panel 2: Recognize, Reckon and Resolve Rumbling with Disparities Reflected in Minority Communities Pre/Post Health Pandemic, Natural Disasters, Social Justice, and Impact.
Panelists include mayors from Colombia, SC, Little Rock, Ark., Birmingham, Ala. And St Louis, Mo.
All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed for all official Bayou Classic events. These guidelines will follow all state and local regulations.
As required by the City of New Orleans, all guests ages 12 and above must provide evidence of 1) having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization or 2) evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering the following indoor establishment.
Prior to entry, fans may present their verified digital proof of vaccination (LA Wallet or other official government sanctioned app) or an original, digital photograph or photocopy (both sides) of their CDC vaccination card. They may also present an official vaccination record issued by another state, foreign nation or the WHO. In lieu of vaccination verification, fans may also present a negative PCR or antigen test result that has been taken within the last 72 hours.
These regulations will be enforced for all Bayou Classic events at the Caesars Superdome and Champions Square.