[Editor's Note: Visit theind.com throughout the week and on game day for Dan's updates; view the schedule of events here.]
N.O. Bowl Update – Thursday, 12/15, 10 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS – It’s very difficult to describe what it was like at Walk-On’s Thursday night. Suffice it to say that the unofficial gathering point for UL football fans – other than the New Orleans Marriott headquarters hotel – featured more red and white than your Christmas candy cane.
It wasn’t as hard to set the scene that took place about two hours later in front of the Marriott, where hundreds of Ragin’ Cajun football fans fell in line behind the UL Pride of Acadiana marching band and “second-lined” their way down Bourbon Street.
The latter isn’t unusual in the Crescent City, since such scenes happen every Mardi Gras season. And for the Cajun faithful, every day has been like Mardi Gras since mid-October when UL became bowl eligible and all but locked down a trip to Saturday’s R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
The “official” bid came three weeks ago and rumors of UL claiming a spot in the nearest bowl to the Acadiana area were circulating much earlier. But it wasn’t until Thursday night, when the Cajun Nation began descending into Canal Street for the weekend’s festivities, before those followers actually got to take part in a “bowl” activity.
They didn’t waste the opportunity.
|Photo by Lance Dunn|
Music echoed off surrounding buildings as the UL band went through some of its familiar standards as the crowd in front of the Marroitt began to gather, and just after 9:30 p.m. the horde departed behind a police-car escort. The more-prepared had red-and-white parasols and swayed to the music. The more-inebriated swayed for a completely different reason.
The walking parade was last seen somewhere around the 400 block of Bourbon Street, where the band stopped and played the Fight Song in front of Rita’s.
It was the first of two such marches scheduled in a two-day period. A similar parade is set for Friday, when fans will again gather in front of the Marriott at 5:15 p.m. to “second-line” to the Riverwalk Marketplace’s Spanish Plaza for the bowl’s annual “Free For All” celebration. Music by the Rebirth Brass Band and the Givers, along with both the UL and San Diego State bands, will be featured in a free event open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m.
A lot of the fans who took part in Thursday’s “second-line” got their start a couple of hours earlier at Walk-On’s, just down the street from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. UL’s radio network has been doing its evening shows from that location since Tuesday, but Thursday night’s broadcast also included Cajun coach Mark Hudspeth.
It was already loud before that 7 p.m. show, but it only took a second to get louder when Coach Hud made his way in.
“This has already been a great experience for our players,” Hudspeth said to the radio audience and the packed house on hand. “They’re having a blast. They’re excited about the opportunity to play here, but they also know it’s time to get to work.”
It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
Potenza Marketing makes fastest-growing companies list.
Local 101 class Friday
“Byzantine” is the word members of the nominating committee for the local flood protection authority often use to describe the complicated, multi-layered matrix of qualifications that must be met to fill a vacancy on that board.
In the Pelican State, Benjamin Franklin buys you about $109 worth of stuff.
Brittan Bush joins Liskow & Lewis, Blake David installed as the Third District Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s board of governors, and Simien & Miniex announces 2014 scholarship winners.
“In some cases, we’ve found that these parts are nothing more than used junk yard parts. In others, we’ve found them to be foreign knock-off parts of questionable quality.”
The old Daily Advertiser building on Jefferson Street is being rehabbed as the owner prepares to move it back into commerce.
Its fourth leader gone after two years on the job, the facility struggles to balance the tension between its two missions.
Hub City Cycles hits the ground running through small-business center opportunity.
The future of the coastal loss lawsuit could rest in hands of board’s nominating committee.
Leaders from the local tech community ponder the question: What's missing from Acadiana's tech ecosystem?
AT&T’s U-verse heads our way. Here’s what it means for you.
LITE’s virtual environments are changing the way local employees learn how to do their jobs.
Local tech gurus will go the distance to call Lafayette home.
A look at recent hires, promotions and other news from Acadiana's business community.
New Johnston Street eatery catapults to No. 1 spot in nearly 200-location chain.
By identifying companies that match the output of its post-secondary educational institutions, Lafayette is creating opportunities that keep highly trained graduates in the area.
Gideon’s Promise lauds G. Paul Marx’s work to improve the quality of indigent defense and helps train five new public defenders.
What will INNOV8 4.0 look like?
Courtesy Ford is honored; EatLafayette fêtes itself