Bayou Classic: Southern vs. Grambling

2021 Battle of the Bands and Greek Show

Friday, November 26, 2021, 7 PM


2021 Bayou Classic Football Game

Saturday, November 27, 2021, 4 PM


Bayou Classic is more than a game. It's an experience!

The two football teams of Louisiana's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Southern University and A&M College and Grambling State University, face off every year in the historic rivalry known as the Bayou Classic.

The game anchors a week full of festivities, including a parade, fan festival, and the highly anticipated Greek Show and Battle of the Bands that leads up to the annual matchup. Check out the full schedule here.


The day before the game, the marching bands for the universities participate in a match of their own on the field, arguably equally as important. The Battle of the Bands between the both internationally renowned Grambling "Marching Tigers" and the Southern "Human Jukebox," is a must-witness experience in itself. Greek sororities and fraternities also face off in a step show to see who has the best moves and the most school pride.


Looking for a hotel for Bayou Classic? Don’t fret – Baton Rouge has plenty of room. With available hotels right on I-10 and rooms near the airport, you won’t miss any of the game day action.