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Tailgating in Louisiana isn’t just a gathering before a football game- it’s a tradition. On game day, fans descend upon school grounds and turn a three-hour game into an all-day event. No matter how you get there – car, truck or SUV – just get there and be there early to set up your spread.

Showing pride for your team by firing up the grill and serving a feast is a must. Don’t forget the lawn chairs and blankets, because let’s face it, you’re going to there a while. Adding touches of school spirit with flags, table coverings and even a custom sign complete the scene.

Friends, family and even complete strangers unite on game day to celebrate a way of life, win or lose. The aromas of game day grub, juicy burgers hitting the grill and sounds of pre-game music fill the air.

Open up the back of your truck for an easy tabletop or use it as gathering place for guests to sit and get to know each other. Even spread out a blanket to make everyone feel welcome and to provide an additional place for friends to feast.

A good old-fashioned tailgate stands the test of time as the perfect way to party before game time. Season after season, pre-game festivities reign in the South. Whether you’re a Colonel, a Tiger, a Gator or a Rebel, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, and it’s sure to get you ready for kickoff.

Sidney Lee Lopez