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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Celebration in the Oaks (Photo: Paul Broussard)

There is so much to be thankful for this holiday weekend, and there are so many things to do and ways to celebrate. Turkey Day is so much more than just a meal in New Orleans, so check out some ways to take this Thursday holiday to another level. And don’t forget that the Bayou Classic is in town; a 40-year-old rivalry ushers in some hot New Orleans events this week, so don’t miss your chance to get in on all that the Big Easy has to offer. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28

1. Thanksgiving Throw Down – Thanksgiving Day is the day to give thanks, eat big, and catch a parade (see below!), and one of the best ways to soothe a full belly is with some hot New Orleans music. Get your groove on and catch one of the best New Orleans bands, Rebirth Brass Band, as they bring the house down Thanksgiving night at the Thanksgiving Throw Down at the Howlin’ Wolf. New Orleans brass music makes everything better, and you’ll be thankful you came out to see magic happen on stage as this legendary New Orleans band does what they do best.

2. Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade – There’s nothing like a big ol’ parade to help celebrate any holiday in New Orleans. Tomorrow, in addition to your Thanksgiving meal with family or friends, you’ll be able to catch the wonderful spectacle that is the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade. The wildly talented marching bands from Grambling State University and Southern University are in town for the Bayou Classic football game on Saturday, and will be marching from the Superdome to the French Market in the French Quarter, along with floats, military units, local musicians, and even some help from the Krewe of Zulu.

The Battle of the Bands is a can’t-miss part of Bayou Classic (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Friday, November 29

3. Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show – The Bayou Classic is in town and that means a bunch of great New Orleans events that accompany it, one of which is the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show. Held in the Superdome, this is going to be a jam-packed battle of skill, rhythm, and style between the Grambling State University and Southern University marching bands, along with performances and competition between fraternities and sororities of both schools. Energy will be high at this event, and it is much anticipated, so get tickets early!

4. Celebration in the Oaks Opening Night – Finally, the Opening Night of Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is upon us. This magical and massive holiday light display is a much-anticipated annual tradition that generations of locals and visitors have fallen in love with. Made up of 558,350 LED light bulbs, Celebration in the Oaks includes light displays like Cajun Night Before Christmas, the Dripping Snow Tree, the Who Dat Tree, and so many more. There is also a two-mile train to take you through the beautifully lit oaks, a carousel, and there will be musical performances from youth choirs throughout the season.

Saturday, November 30

5. Bayou Classic – The big game is finally here. One of the greatest rivalries in the history of college football, the Bayou Classic, is back for another battle and game day is this Saturday. Grambling State University and Southern University will continue their tradition of athletic competition on the field in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, and this year marks the rivalry’s 40th anniversary. Come for the game and witness college football history. What side will you be rooting for?

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