The bright lights, the glitter and dazzle of rhythmic dancers, the energy and excitement of the crowd anxiously watching as their team sprint into the end zone, the beautiful queens in their long elegant gowns wearing their sparkling crowns, proudly representing their HBCU. The soulful sound of the marching bands stepping into formation and the loud, passionate chants and calls from the honorable, prestigious and most distinguished Divine Nine. These are the things that define the Bayou Classic.
As I prepared to leave for school, the main thing I heard was “We’ll see you at the classic!” The game, as always, was highly anticipated, especially for students like me who have a Gramfam Alumni as a dad. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has put a new meaning to the saying, “delayed not denied.” We are all used to the annual match-up between The Southern University and Grambling State being held in November. A few weeks ago, the SWAC announced that due to its new spring football schedule, the 47th Bayou Classic, will be held on April 17, 2020. The news came as a shock to everyone, but most fans were excited to hear that the classic would still be taking place.
With this long hold on football season, the anticipation and excitement will break the charts, with this new date adding just the right amount of spice to the event. During that time in the city of New Orleans, there will be several festivals taking place. Just imagine the wonder an out-of-state student will feel surrounded by the sounds of the Classic and the promise of more festivities in the city. This may be the start to a new beginning, and for the students participating, this could be a chance to feel the connection they’re looking for. COVID-19 won’t stop us; after all, this is just a minor setback for a major comeback. See you in April!