Only the first in a series of festive “Bayou Classic” events, the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New Orleans and marched proudly through the French Quarter streets. Complete with Mardi Gras-esque bead tosses, marching bands floats and more, the event heralds the holiday season with a blast.
Jonathan Allen is a senior business major at Grambling State University, but Thursday was his first time in the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"Being my first time I didn't know what to expect," said Allen, Grambling State's SGA president. "But the crowd's reaction to seeing us and catching beads was electrifying and a joy to experience."
This two-hour parade was the kickoff of the weekend's Bayou Classic events.
"I am truly enjoying the parade and the band," said Evette Wilson, a 1963 Grambling State University graduate, as she stood along the parade route where she watched the university's cheer squad, band and a host of other marching bands, floats and more.