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NEWORLEANS - Downtown New Orleans is getting ready to host a Thanksgiving weekend tradition - the Bayou Classic.

As always, the Classic is more than just a football game. It's now a major destination.

Officials met at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Tuesday morning to kick off the weekend centered around Grambling and Southern fans.

They cut into a 39-foot poboy to honor the BayouClassic's 39th year.

Approximately 200,000 people are expected to be in New Orleans for the event, which is estimated to lead to a $30 million economic impact on the city.

The schools will raise $1.3 million in scholarships.

'It's about the young men. It's about the community. It's about family, and it's about friends. The BayouClassic brings all that together. So, we need everybody to be a part of it, so you can see that both of the universities are headed in the right direction,' said Southern University Interim Head Coach Dawson Odums.

Activities get started on Thursday with a parade downtown. Then, a battle of the bands will happen on Friday.

The game is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Luckily for all revelers, the weather is going to cooperate.

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