Monday, October 20, 2014

LSU Homecoming: A One of a Kind Tradition

As you may know, LSU football is full of rich traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. One of the biggest traditions at LSU is Homecoming. This year, the Homecoming game will be held on Saturday, October 25. As a recent LSU graduate, Homecoming is easily one of my favorite times of the year. During this time, the camaraderie and school spirit is abundantly flowing throughout the Baton Rouge community, LSU campus and more with traditional events leading up the the game.

Photo Credit: Camm Morton Photography

Each Homecoming has a different theme pertaining to LSU or Louisiana. This year's theme is "Louisiana State of Mind." Prior to the actual Homecoming game itself, there are a variety of events that are hosted in celebration of the week. One of the most noted traditions is the annual "CANapalooza" drive, which is an exciting service opportunity during Homecoming to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The LSU and Baton Rouge community collects thousands of canned goods, which are used to build a replica of Tiger Stadium and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. In the past, the tradition has collected over 20,000 pounds of food!

Canapalooza 2013. Photo credit LSU Campus Life
Another long-standing tradition is the Greek organization "pomping" decorations. Each year, fraternity and sorority members use chicken wire and tissue paper to create elaborate designs showcasing that year's homecoming theme. How awesome is this??

Photo Credit LSU Greek Life
Photo Credit LSU Greek Life

If you'll be in town this weekend for the Homecoming celebrations, you don't want to miss the Homecoming parade that rolls around campus at 11 a.m. During the parade, student organizations and community groups ride in floats and throw goodies to the parade-goers. For those who have never experienced Mardi Gras before, the parade is a perfect introduction to the celebratory Baton Rouge culture. 

Photo Credit LSU Greek Life
And as with all homecomings, during halftime of the game, the LSU Homecoming court is presented and the winners for King and Queen are announced. Join in on this one of a kind tradition and come out to cheer on the tigers!

Will you be attending the LSU v. Ole Miss Game this week? GEAUX TIGERS!

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Cathy Juarez, Visit Baton Rouge

Cathy is the Destination Content Manager for Visit Baton Rouge. She's a New Orleans girl, born and raised, yet she has fallen in love with Baton Rouge throughout her time in college. A recent LSU graduate, Cathy is passionate about promoting tourism in Louisiana. She loves good company, good food and a good time. Geaux Tigers and #GoBR!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baton Rouge's Halloween Parade

Dia De Los Muertos! That means Day of the Dead in Spanish. You know what else that means? It means the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is almost here!

This year's theme is "Day of the Dead," therefore expect to see a ton of very much alive floats creeping along the streets of downtown Baton Rouge on November 1, beginning at 2 p.m. near Pastime Restaurant.

The Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is presented by 10/31 Consortium, a club for Halloween enthusiast where the motto is Community- Courage- Creativity. This family friendly (and pet friendly) parade invites creatures of all kinds out to celebrate Halloween with sweet treats, great music, fantastic floats, crazy costumes and much more!

The pumpkins on the map denote themed areas such as the RIP area at Repentance Park, the Party Zone!, No Alcohol Zone, No Scare Zone and others. The loaves of bread indicate non-perishable drop-off locations for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, because even though we are pretending to be dead, we still want to help those in need.

This parade is so official, it even has a Grand Marshall, King and Queen for the year's Krewe. This year's Grand Marshall is Smiley Anders, with Todd McCoy and Jessica Miller as King and Queen.

And if the above reasons weren't good enough, here is one more. One of my Visit Baton Rouge co-workers and I will be walking in the parade all dressed up as candy-skull dolls. There, now you have to come and see if you can spot us! 

For more information about the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, visit

Be there or be scared!!!!

Posted by: Julie Thomas, Visit Baton Rouge

Julie is the new Communication Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. Before relocating to Baton Rouge, Julie lived in Haughton, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in public relations. She now attends LSU as a graduate student at the Manship School of Mass Communications. She loves reading, watching Law and Order, playing with her dog, traveling and exploring the amazing city of Baton Rouge. You can follow her on Instagram or on her personal blog