New Orleans welcomes 45th Bayou Classic

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The 45th Bayou Classic is just five days away.

The game pits two of the most stories HBCU’s in the state, The Southern University Jaguars and The Grambling University Tigers, against each other under The Dome.

The game is expected to bring 200,000 visitors to New Orleans.

The game is on Saturday, but the excitement has already begun for the match up.

On Friday, teams will be in town, but all eyes will be on the brass, woodwinds, and percussion for the battle of the bands.

The epic rivalry is what the fans talk about in The Dome Friday night.

The Human Jukebox, which is Southern’s band, will try to blow the world-famed Tiger Marching Band off the turf with their beats.

Get your tickets now to the Bayou Classic Greek Show and the Battle of the Bands here. Tickets are as low as $20.

The Battle of the Bands starts for 7 pm.


Saturday morning, spectators can catch a parade through the French Quarter to celebrate the event.

Dr. Ray Belton, Southern’s President, said that the event is about much more than football.

“It’s more than a game, it literally epitomizes the spirit of HBCUs,” said Belton. “It brings about the kind of pageantry that marks the HBCU black American classic.”

The parade starts at 9:30 am on Elysian Fields Avenue at N. Peters St. and finishes on Loyola Avenue at Perdido St.

Then comes the big matchup inside the Mercedes Benz-Superdome against Grambling State University vs. Southern University for 4 pm.

Grab your tickets before they are all gone. Tickets go for as low as $16.

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