Bayou Classic weekend kicks off with Battle of the Bands

The Human Jukebox and The World Famed Tiger Marching Band battled it out in the Battle of the Bands.

NEW ORLEANS -- The Southern Jags and the Grambling Tigers took over the Superdome Friday night. 

The Human Jukebox and The World Famed Tiger Marching Band battled it out in the Battle of the Bands. It's part of the 44th annual Bayou Classic. 

Judith and Charles Edwards went not only went to Southern University, but their children now attend the school as well. 

"Parents of two Southern students who are going to graduate in the Spring," Judith Edwards said.

"And also a trumpet player in the Southern band," Edwards said. 

It's not so easy in the Williams household though. Husband and Wife Allen and Artist Williams don't see eye to eye on this one. Allen Williams went to Grambling. Artist went to Southern. 

"It's a house divided on Saturday. When it comes to the Bayou Classic, he's no longer my husband til after the game. We're rivals then!" Artist Williams said. 

Before the bands took the field, fraternities and sororities from both schools impressed the crowd in the annual Greek Step Show. 

The NOPD says they expect over 100,000 visitors this weekend. Like any major event, security, Chief Michael Harrison says, is his top priority. 

"There's enhanced lighting. There's crime cameras. There are license plate readers all being fed into the real time crime center. We're going to have explosive and gun detection dogs that will be out to help us identify people carrying guns," Chief Harrison said. 

Whether they cheer on the Black and Gold or the Blue and Gold, this night, this weekend is a tradition that no matter which school you attend, is a memorable treasure. 

"It brings the Black community together. Everything we go through, this unites us," Grambling fan Georrein Dupre said.  "HBCU's -- we have to have that following. We have to support those universities. They need us."

The Bayou Classic weekend continues tomorrow with the Grambling vs. Southern game, which kicks off at 4 p.m. 

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