MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Southern Heritage Classic between Jackson State and Tennessee State brought more than just an exciting football game. Festivities happened all over Memphis before the matchup between Tigers.
"This is an awesome day," tailgater Roland Cole said.
The fun kicked off with tailgating.
"We're down here at the Heritage Classic. We're repping, having fun. We've got big meat on the grill," tailgater Lee Brewer said.
Tailgaters were spread out from the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to Tobey Park.
"Glad to be here today. This is my third year," Charles Kirkwood said.
It wouldn't be the Classic, however, without the Orange Mound Parade, which celebrated its 125th year.
Our own morning show team walked in the parade along Park Avenue alongside high school marching bands and other community standouts across town.
The sounds of the Classic Battle of the Bands filled Whitehaven High School's stadium with show-stopping entertainment.
The barbecue, music, dancing and tailgating fun alongside Tiger Lane lasted throughout the whole day, up to game time and beyond.
"People come out from all across the area and the country and they have a good time," Jimmie Tuggers said.
Most people agreed that the best part of all the events was the smiles on people's faces.
"Good clean fun. We really enjoy the atmosphere of the Southern Heritage Classic," Pastor Gerald Hart said.
The smiles will continue to come after Classic founder Fred Jones and both teams inked a deal through 2019.
"If you didn't make it this year, you need to make it next year," Lee Brewer said.