Thanksgiving carves out fun in New Orleans

Chasity Pugh

From Bayou Classic weekend to the Turkey Day Race, there are a variety of things to make your Thanksgiving memorable

42nd Annual Bayou Classic

Nov. 28, 4 p.m.

Every Thanksgiving, the Southern Jaguars and Grambling Tigers gather in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to participate in one of the greatest college football rivalries.

Bayou Classic weekend consists of various events leading up to the game such as a Thanksgiving parade, Battle of the Bands and Fan Fest concert in Champions Square. Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster ranging from $15 to $60.

Bayou Classic Thanksgiving
Day Parade

Nov. 26, 3:30 p.m.

Beginning at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and concluding at the French Market, the 5th Annual Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade will showcase various elements of Louisiana’s African American culture such as floats, military marching units and krewes such as the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Jingle Bells Market

Nov. 28-29, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Looking to get your holiday shopping done during Thanksgiving break? The Jingle Bells Market may just be the place for you.

Located in the Northshore Harbor Center, the two-day holiday shopping extravaganza features several vendors. Admission is $5 at the door, cash only.

Turkey Day Race

Nov. 26, 8:30 a.m.

Presented by the New Orleans Athletic Club and the New Orleans Track Club, the 108th annual Turkey Day Race benefits local charities.

The five-mile run/walk will take place at New Orleans City Park and finishes on the track inside of Tad Gormley Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase at $30 on the day of the race.

Time Travelers Weekend

Nov. 27-29

Time Travelers Weekend is one of many themed events during the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Guests are encouraged to travel through time and dress up in cosplay during this three-day weekend event.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with family members who traveled to your house and aren’t ready to leave, stop by Time Travelers Weekend (and leave them there). One-day admission is $18 per person.

Bubbly on the Baronne

Nov. 28 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hosted by Martin Wine Cellar, Bubbly on the Baronne allows 21-and-over guests to sample over 20 champagnes all the while enjoying special selections from their holiday catering menu. Tickets are $60.