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Bayou Classic parades wows thousands on Thanksgiving

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St. Aug's Marching 100 was among the many bands in the Bayou Classic Parade. St. Aug's Marching 100 was among the many bands in the Bayou Classic Parade.

NEW ORLEANS - Thousands lined the parade route from Poydras to the French Market for the Bayou Classic's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Serving as grand marshal of the parade was American Idol finalist Burnell Taylor of New Orleans.

The parade was a buildup to Saturday's Bayou Classic football game between Grambling and Southern Universities, both Louisiana schools.

The 40-unit parade featured floats and throws and bands from out of state.

"This is my hometown and I came back to visit for Thanksgiving, and actually since I haven't had a chance to partake in Mardi Gras it feels good because it reminds me of Mardi Gras day," said Charlene Andrew as she stood along the parade route.

The Andersons traveled from Ohio for Bayou Classic weekend.

"I went to Southern University for a little while, I just enjoy coming back home," said Wil Anderson.

He and his wife are looking forward to Friday night's Battle of the Bands.

"I just love it, I'm happy to be down here on this day to watch the parades and the bands," said Mary Anderson.

About 200,000 people come to town for the game and activities surrounding the Bayou Classic. The estimated economic impact is at least $50 million.

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