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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.

Jazz in the Park Announces Sixth Season Lineup

On any given 90-degree day in August, you're apt to feel like you never want to go out again. Luckily, Jazz in the Park promises to put a Carnival spring in your step this September and October with its sixth season since 2012. The fall lineup at the Armstrong Park concert series features Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Russell Batiste, Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, Daria and the Hip Drops, and more. Find the full schedule below.

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.  

Bacchus Blowout: Marching Bands Battle Before Sunday Parade (Photos)

by Ryan Sparks

Before Will Ferrell's doubloons and a salute to the Louisiana Bicentennial on Sunday, the marching bands that took part in the annual Krewe of Bacchus parade had their own big show. After getting rained out of Endymion, many of the bands who skipped that superkrewe were ready to strut for the huge crowds on one of Carnival's biggest stages, and decided to start playing before the parade even began. Luckily, NoDef's Ryan Sparks was at the corner of Napoelon and Tchoupitoulas to witness high school bands like O. Perry Walker, Sophie B. Wright, MLK, LB Landry and others lock horns. Click through for a blow-by-blow:

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