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NEW ORLEANS -- The bands from Southern University and Grambling University take to the field as the Battle of the Band tradition continues.

For decades, the Bayou Classic has brought thousands to New Orleans for one of the most highly anticipated band competitions.

Quincy Allen brought his son for the first time for an experience he won't forget. 'I'm looking for to the stomp show and the bands. I want to see them battle it out,' he said.

For others like Kevin Williams, the competition is significant in bring the community together during the Thanksgiving holiday.

'I am happy to be here having fun. I'm loving the environment and loving what it brings to the city. It is something positive,' he said.

This is the 40-year anniversary of the Bayou Classic and for some the rival helps build a new fan base for the game and the city.

'I think it is all about the city itself,' said Renisa Green. 'People love New Orleans and we treat people like family. That is what brings them out.'

Tamika Scott said, 'It is the idea of competition and the idea of community in New Orleans.'

For others, it's more about bragging rights, until next season.

The Bayou Classic between Southern University Grambling kicks off Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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