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BAYOU CLASSIC: Full schedule of events


The 2016 Bayou Classic has arrived. Fans of Grambling State University and Southern University will begin to fill the city early this week to participate in the week-long festivities.

The week will culminate with a tiebreaking battle on the gridiron between two of Louisiana’s most esteemed Historically Black Colleges and Universities – both of whom are undefeated in SWAC play.

This year's theme is "Bayou Classic for Me and You - The Powerhouse of HBCU Classics," which aims to encourage a sense of unity between the two rival schools.



  • 2016 Bayou Classic Press Conference
    The festivities begin with the Mayor’s Bayou Classic Kick-Off Press Conference on Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Notable guests will include Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, representatives from New Orleans’ hospitality industry and the presidents and coaches of both universities. Hosted by WDSU news anchor, Charles Divins, the limited edition Bayou Classic Boy Scouts merit badge will be unveiled for the first time. The event is open to the press and both coaches will be available for interview at the conclusion of the press conference.


  • Oldschool 106.7 &Power 102.9 Presents "Oldschool in the Park"
    Old School 106.7, Power 102.9 and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission are bringing live music, food and fun for the whole family to Joe W. Brown Memorial Park on Wednesday, November 23rd from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for the return of Old School in the Park, an official Bayou Classic event that is free and open to the public.


  • Thanksgiving Day Parade in partnership with the French Market Corporation
    The Bayou Classic Parade, departing from the Superdome at 3:30 p.m. is the only time that fans can witness the legendary Grambling State University Marching Tigers and Southern University’s Human Jukebox march together in the same parade. Top out-of-state marching bands from Kansas City and Hattiesburg, Mississippi will march in the parade along with eight of the top high school marching bands from New Orleans. Riding in the parade as a special guest, will be 7-year-old comedian/impersonator CeCe Price from Bogalusa, LA.


  • Career and College Expo featuring the IBM Cyber Cafe
    The Career and College Expo featuring the IBM Cyber Café and the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge will take place in the Hyatt Regency beginning at 10 a.m. Jobseekers and those looking to further their education are welcome to attend and talk with the over 30 employers and institutions of higher education present.
  • Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge
    Following the Career and College Expo, 68 students from all six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Louisiana will compete in the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge to create a piece of technology that assists in the economic recovery of small businesses affected by natural disaster. Presented by NexusLA, the finalists will present their technology along with a comprehensive business plan at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 2 p.m.
  • 2016 Greek Show presented by McDonald's and Battle of the Bands presented by The United States Marine Corps
    Friday evening marks the ever exciting 2016 Greek Show presented by McDonald’s and the Battle of the Bands presented by The United States Marine Corps. Fans can enjoy show stopping performances from some of the best step teams in Louisiana followed by the most anticipated event surrounding the Bayou Classic – the Battle of the Bands. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available online for $20 and on the day of the event, tickets can be purchased for $25.
  • The Official Battle of the Bands After Party & Wild N' Out karaoke event
    The party continues at Metropolitan Nightclub for the Official Battle of the Bands After Party & WILD’N OUT Karaoke Event hosted by Nick Cannon and brought to you by Cumulus Media, HereWeGo ENT, Big Stan ENT & Ncredible ENT. Doors open for the 21+ event at 10 p.m. and tickets start at $10.


  • Doc Griggs 2X Around the Dome at Champions Square
    The festivities on Saturday begin at 8 a.m. with the Doc Griggs ‘2X Around the Dome’ Family Fitness Fun Walk at Champions Square. The theme of this free event is “Get Checked, Get Fit, Get Moving" to demonstrate to that exercise can be fun while highlighting the importance of health, fitness and wellness through a variety of exercises such as Zumba, Hula Hooping, Roller Skating and more.
  • FanFestival presented by Cox Communications in partnership with iHeart Media
    Before the big game, fans can enjoy Fan Fest presented by Cox Louisiana with entertainment provided by iHeart Radio. The fun, family friendly festival from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Live musical performances include Master P, Romeo, Ray J, Young Greatness and others.
  • The 43rd Annual Bayou Classic
    At 4 p.m. the 43rd Annual Bayou Classic will kick-off inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Tickets for the game and electrifying halftime show are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster.


  • 2016 Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues
    The weeklong celebration of tradition and unity ends on Sunday with an inspirational Gospel Brunch at the
    House of Blues New Orleans at 10 a.m.

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