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With the turkey eaten and the introductory parade over, the Bayou Classic is ready to get down to business. Billing itself as the "greatest and most distinguishable sporting event in all of Black America,"  the annual showdown between Louisiana historically black universities Grambling State and Southern turns the Superdome into a state of mind each year during Thanksgiving Weekend. Football is exciting and all, but there's another slugfest on the turf that might get just a tad closer to the soul of the competition.

Today in NOLA: 3.15.15

Get ready to look pretty because it’s Super Sunday. Mardi Gras Indians will be out in force. For those looking for a more subdued option, the tragic tale of Lucia is being staged by the New Orleans Opera Association. Bands are battlin’ at the Wolf. Happy Birthday to Andrew Jackson, born on this day in 1767. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in New Orleans: 11.28.13

Leftovers and hangovers highlight the day after Thanksgiving, so luckily there's more football on Friday afternoon to help you remain sedentary. By nightfall, the city starts coming back to life with Friday Nights at NOMA and Celebration in the Oaks at City Park. Plus, plenty of funk. Happy Birthday to clarinetist and jazz historian Dr. Michael White, born on this day in 1954. Now, the rundown:

Mardi Gras Rewind: Marching Bands Battle Before Bacchus

by Ryan Sparks/Photos by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

For residents of the riverside neighborhoods in Uptown, the noise of the port is a part of life. Not much can overpower the squealing wheels of the freight trains or the broad tones of a ship’s horns. Except the sounds of a parade, of course. On the Carnival nights when the superkrewes of Bacchus and Orpheus roll, the stretch of Tchoupitoulas between Napoleon Avenue and Bordeaux turns into a full-on battleground for the marching bands getting ready to march down St. Charles Ave.  

Pigskin and Peacemaker

Bayou Classic Brings Week of Activities, Giant Po-Boy

For college football (and marching band) fans, this weekend is more about Jaguars and Tigers than it is about turkeys. The annual Bayou Classic kicks off Thursday with a Thanksgiving Day parade, propelling fans into a weekend of festivities leading up Saturday’s big game between Grambling State and Southern.

Today's Events: 11.26.11

Today Grambling State plays Southern U. in the 38th Bayou Classic and Big Freedia bends over at Public Assembly. Previously, the University of Notre Dame was founded (1842), The NHL was formed (1917), the Warsaw Ghetto was formed (1940), FDR ordered nationwide gasoline rationing (1942),  Casablanca made its world premier (1942), Charles Schulz (1922), and Tina Turner (1939) were born, and Sojourner Truth died (1883).

Today's Events: 11.25.11

Today, LSU will close out the season with an undefeated record, the Bayou Classic schools will lock horns in musical battle and Meschiya Lake plays Mojito's. But in darker days, the ‘Hollywood Ten’ were blacklisted by Hollywood movie studio executives (1947), Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Florida (1999), Michael Vick pleaded guilty to dog fighting (2008), Andrew Carnegie (1835), Christina Applegate (1971)  Jenna and Barbara Bush (1981) were born, Nick Drake died (1974), and it's the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Now digest with these:

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