What to look forward to Thanksgiving Weekend

By Samira Palmer

Thanksgiving is a holiday where family time shows its importance. It doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving unless your family is together sharing a huge meal. It’s always on a Thursday which means you still have an entire weekend to enjoy yourself. Luckily, New Orleans is a big city with plenty going on during the holiday season.

On Thanksgiving Day (November 27) the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and makes it way to the French Market from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The parade will showcase floats, marching bands, military units, alumni groups, motorized units and elements of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Celebration in the Oaks, a beautiful light festival that takes place annually in City Park also kicks off on Thanksgiving Day. City Park’s famous oak trees are covered in thousands of twinkling white lights and spectacular light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens. Celebration in the Oaks ends on Saturday Jan. 3. The event will be closed from Monday Dec. 1 through Thursday Dec. 4, as well as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Regular hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday andSaturday hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are eight dollars per person. Children under 3 and Friends of City Park get in free. Train rides are four dollars, amusement park rides are three dollars for a single ticket and  17 dollars for an unlimited ride band.

On Friday Nov. 28 the Grambling “Marching Tigers” and the Southern “Human Jukebox” will compete in a Battle of the Bands along with a Greek Show, which will be take place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday Nov. 29 is the 41st Annual Bayou Classic (Grambling vs. Southern) showdown in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Gates open at noon, kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the local NBC affiliate, WDSU Channel 6. If you prefer to watch the game on TV, there are many sports bars in the city where you can eat and cheer on your team with fellow fans.



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