Celebrating its Golden Anniversary

The 50th Annual Bayou Classic Returns to New Orleans

Eric Connerly Data News Weekly Contributor

The much-anticipated Bayou Classic is set to return to New Orleans on Nov. 23rd- 25th, bringing with it a weekend filled with tradition, college football excitement, and community celebration. This year’s event, featuring the storied rivalry between the Southern University Jaguars and Grambling State Tigers, promises to be a showcase of not just athletic prowess but also cultural heritage and academic excellence.

The Bayou Classic, now in its 50th year, is more than just a game. It’s a celebration of football, family, and the rich cultural history of HBCUs. This year’s Classic is a continuation of a legacy that extends beyond the field. The classic is about community, resilience, and the unifying power of sports, and the showcasing of Black Excellence.

Event Highlights:

  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23rd
  • Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade

It wouldn’t be a New Orleans party without a parade.
The procession starts at 3 p.m. at the Caesars Superdome on Poydras Street, then continues toward the river and back.

Friday, Nov. 24th
Bayou Classic Motivational Gameday Ball Run
Address: Begins at Southern University, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saturday’s prized football will arrive at the Superdome in style. ROTC Programs from both Southern University and Grambling State University will run the official game day ball more than 100 miles, through seven parishes, from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
The sprint begins at 5:30 a.m. on Southern’s campus in Baton Rouge and ends at 1:30 p.m. at the Superdome.

Battle of the Bands and Greek Show
Address: Caesars Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans
More than just football is going down on the field this week.
Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” Marching Band will face off against the Grambling State University Marching Band in the end zone, opening with a High School Battle of the Bands. TV and media personality Big Tigger, of Atlanta’s Big Tigger Morning Show, will host the event.

The Greek show will feature comedic and creative skits from Black Greek organizations across the state.
The show begins at 6 p.m. at the Superdome. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Black Friday: the Official Battle of the Bands After Party
Address: 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Feeling extra dance-y after the Battle of the Bands? Keep the party rolling at The METROpolitan Nightclub in Generations Hall for several hours of dancing, drinks, and DJs, beginning at 11 p.m.
Tickets begin at $10

Saturday, Nov. 25th (Bold)
Bayou Classic Fan Festival
Address: Champions Square at the Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans
Get pumped up before kickoff at the “Embrace the Culture Stage,” featuring musical acts like Boosie, Subtweet Shawn and DJ Poppa. The event starts at 9 a.m. and is free and open to all ages.
Only clear bags will be allowed entry to the festival.

The 50th Annual Bayou Classic
Address: Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans
The Bayou Classic kicks off at 1 p.m., with doors opening at 11 a.m. Tickets to the game begin at $20.

On the eve of the Biggest Classic in America. The Bayou Classic is not just a game; it’s a gathering of community, a showcase of talent, and a testament to the spirit of these two great HBCUs in Louisiana.

Don’t miss this unparalleled experience of culture, sport, and community spirit at this year’s Bayou Classic.

About the Bayou Classic:
The Bayou Classic is one of the premier HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) sporting events in the nation and has been a key part of Louisiana’s Cultural Heritage since 1974. This annual football classic features a weekend of events and celebrations culminating in a game between the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State University Tigers, attracting fans from across the country.

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