NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVLA/WGMB) Jaguar Nation! Today is the day that we’ve been waiting for. We are just a few hours away from the 46th annual Bayou Classic.
Coach Dawson Odums , his staff and your Southern University Jaguars will take on the Grambling State University Tigers at kickoff.
Today’s game will determine who will face the Alcorn State University Braves in the SWAC Championship game next Saturday, December 7th at Jack Spinks Stadium in Lorman, MS.
If you are headed to New Orleans there are a few events you can participate in prior to the game.
Doc Grigg’s 2x Around the Dome: 8:00 am
The Doc Griggs 2X’s Around the Dome Family Fitness Fun Walk encourages the community to “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!” by walking twice around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome while showcasing historical landmarks in New Orleans. The event demonstrates to more than 500 attendees that exercise can be fun while highlighting the importance of health, fitness and wellness through a variety of exercises such as Zumba, Hula Hooping, Second Line Dancing instruction and bicycling.
Annual Bayou Classic Parade: 9:30 am
Presented by Cricket Wireless
The Annual Bayou Classic Parade continues this year in traditional, New Orleans fashion with 13 floats and more than 45 total units.
The Grand Marshall for this year’s Bayou Classic Parade is Bayou Classic Ambassador, Sheryl Underwood of “The Talk.” Joining Underwood is the Mayor of the City of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell. Parade goers will also be able to catch commemorative 46th Annual Bayou Classic cups and medallion beads.
NOTE: Parade route changed due to the ongoing closures along Canal Street
Route details: Parade begins on Elysian Fields Avenue at N. Peters Street; proceeds down N. Peters St onto and onto Tchoupitoulas Street; 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
Presented by Cox
Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
An extremely popular pre-game celebration where live musical performances and entertainment get the crowd warmed up for the game. Schedule of performances for this year include:
• Tonya Boyd Cannon
• Sherwood Marty
• Mista Cain & Scotty Cain
• Roca B
• Fresh X Reckless
• Mecca Notes
• Young Juve
• International T
• King Bronze
And there will be special appearances by Lamman Rucker, Curren$y and E40.
Fan Fest attendees will also enjoy sponsor activations and special giveaways throughout the event, including BET+, Verizon, Honey Jack Daniels, Minute Maid, CityGear and Be the Match.
The 46th Annual Bayou Classic Game: 4:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
More than 200,000 people come to New Orleans for the Bayou Classic weekend, and more than 60,000 make their way to the Bayou Classic game. The Bayou Classic commemorates historically black colleges and universities, academic achievement, tradition, sportsmanship, marching bands, and friendly competition. The “Classic” is an exhibition of the high standards of academic achievement deeply embedded in the traditions of the two institutions – Grambling State University and Southern University.
Other game highlights:
National anthem: Tonya Boyd-Cannon and the New Orleans City-Wide Youth Choir will perform the National Anthem at this year’s Bayou Classic.
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