BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The party started in Baton Rouge as fans and alumni were excited and anticipating the Southern University and LSU games.

On The Bluff at Southern, grills burned and pots were boiling. Many fans said they were happy that university officials allowed them to resume outdoor cooking amid a statewide burn ban.

I’m glad that they were able to lift that burn ban and allow people to be able to tailgate because that’s the essence of football,” said Perry White, a Southern University alumni.

It was like a family reunion at Southern’s tailgate with a variety of things to eat and do, including supporting some Black-owned businesses like trying Sweet Southern Sistas lemonade.

There was also a variety of t-shirt stands for fans in need of extra gear.

LSU students and fans were just as eager to cheer their team. LSU took on the Grambling State Tigers and that didn’t stop them from being supportive.

“We may have the same mascot, but purple and gold will always dominate, go Tigers,” said Tammy Smith, a senior at LSU.