‘Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that will resonate with Bayou Classic revelers will be released for limited distribution just in time for this year’s game next week.
Lafayette author, educator, and school librarian, Andrea A. Brew is a second generation graduate of Southern University, where her parents met. Inspired by her childhood experiences at the game coupled with countless pastimes as a college student, Brew has crafted a story many times experienced, but never told, until now.
Read ‘Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic and find out what happens on the eve of the Bayou Classic, when a family of Southern University fans, filled with anticipation and blue-and-gold spirit, gets an unexpected visitor at their door.
With more than 250,000 revelers converging on the Crescent City and nearly $55 million generated annually, the Bayou Classic is not only a tourist event. It has become a nationally touted tradition appealing to a cross generational demographic, celebrities in all facets of mainstream media and pop culture, as well as major corporations, which also includes NBC’s continued simulcast in support of the big game.
For more than four decades famed HBCUs, Southern University and A&M College and Grambling State University have ushered in the holiday season with their annual weekend of events and festivities.
Starting Thanksgiving Day with a parade in Downtown New Orleans, the festivities include a greek show, awards ceremonies, job fair, empowerment seminars, the Battle of the Bands and the grand finale of Louisiana Black college football—The Bayou Classic. For those who have attended the universities, this game bookmarks a rich and storied cultural experience that current and past students continue to celebrate with friends and family from generation to generation
With ‘Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic, Brew extends homage to the tradition in literary form.
“The tradition of Bayou Classic for Grambling, Southern and Louisiana is a storied one–one that inspired me to write,” Brew said.
In Baton Rouge, the book is available at Top Choice Products, 1492 Harding Blvd, (225) 775-5247.