Tailgaters set up shop for first LSU football game of 2015 season

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As the bells in the LSU Memorial Tower struck five o'clock on Friday night, fraternity brothers flooded the parade.

"You've got to get out here and claim your spot. This is the place to be," said student David Koke.

Setting up tents and tossing a football, all the students prepared to see McNeese State take on the home team.

"Barbequing, music, friends, good time all around," Koke said.

Across campus, alumni dressed in their best purple and gold were setting up too.

"We've been doing it 10 or 12 years," said Jonathan Saucier. "We just come out here and have a great time. It's like a family ritual that we do."

Saucier, Les Hunt and their families were some of the first to arrive in the parking lot near Highland Road. With their RVs parked side by side, they had burgers on the grill shortly after 7 p.m. A full platter of toppings, mustard, and the works set up and ready to go.

"Louisiana we're always looking for a reason to have a party," Hunt said. "There have been people who've been parked around us for years, and you know we don't see them year round, and it's like they're family. If they need something, we help them. If we need something, they'll help us."

As the sun set slowly in the sky, more RVs and tents filled the lot.

"Win lose or draw. We're going to have fun," Hunt said.

Everyone agreed – from the frat boys to the alumni – the Tigers are going to win tomorrow.

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