Perhaps one of the biggest games in black college football is the 42nd annual Bayou Classic, where the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars meet in New Orleans Thanksgiving weekend.
Reggie Flood, the spokesperson for the historic game, talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the four days event featuring a parade, fan festival, college and career seminars, the battle of the bands and Greek show and much more.
“The events officially begins tomorrow, Tuesday, with the coaches kick-off and then Thursday is the official public kickoff with the parade in New Orleans,” he said.
What event is he most excited about?
“Of course it’s the battle of the bands, that Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. These are the top two bands in the country and it’s almost as intense as the game.”
Here’s a full schedule of the events:
- Thursday, Nov. 26: Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market. 3:30 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 27: University Business Summit, Hyatt Regency Hotel. 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- Friday, Nov. 27: Career and College Fair, Hyatt Regency Hotel. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 27: Bayou Classic Business Challenge,” Hyatt Regency Hotel. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 27: Black College Alumni Caucus presented by the Grambling and Southern University Alumni Associations, Hyatt Regency Hotel. 2:30-4:00 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 27: Battle of the Bands and Greek Show, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 6:00-10:00 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 27: TrueBLUE Donor Appreciation Gala presented by the Southern University System Foundation, Hyatt Regency Hotel Empire Ballroom with featured artist Rachelle Ferrell. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 28: Â Fan Fest, Champions Square (adjacent to Superdome). 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 28: 42nd Annual Bayou Classic (Grambling vs. Southern), Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 29: Gospel Brunch, House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street. 10:00 a.m.
Click the link above to hear the entire interview and be sure to tune in to watch Grambling and Southern go head to head on NBC Sports Nation, Saturday, November 28th at 4pm CST.
Celebs Representing HBCUs
1. Terrence JSource:Instagram 1 of 25
2. Ruben StuddardSource:Instagram 2 of 25
3. Filmmaker Will Packer attended Florida A&M UniversitySource:Instagram 3 of 25
4. Erykah Badu4 of 25
5. Alice Walker5 of 25
6. Common6 of 25
7. Sean "Diddy" Combs7 of 25
8. Jacque Reid8 of 25
9. Martin Luther King, Jr.9 of 25
10. Nikki Giovanni10 of 25
11. Oprah Winfrey11 of 25
12. Spike Lee12 of 25
13. Taraji P. Henson13 of 25
14. Wanda Sykes14 of 25
15. Wendy Raquel Robinson15 of 25
16. Yolanda Adams16 of 25
17. Tom Joyner17 of 25
18. Keshia Knight-Pulliam18 of 25
19. Lance Gross19 of 25
20. Shaun Robinson20 of 25
21. Thurgood Marshall21 of 25
22. Samuel L. Jackson22 of 25
23. LaTanya Richardson23 of 25
24. Jerry Rice24 of 25
25. Keenan Ivory Wayans25 of 25
(Photo Source: Bayou Classic Twitter)