POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Hundreds of students, pep squads, and the “Human Jukebox” kicked off Southern University's Homecoming pep rally this afternoon.
The event was free and open to the public. Performers, sports team members, and LaCumba the Jaguar all stopped by.
Students and alumni were excited to jump-start the festivities.
"I don't really look at it as my last homecoming pep rally. I'm going to be a very active alumni, so I'm going to come back all the time,” stated senior Ty Jackson. “Electrifying; it's a lot of energy."
"I'm in D.C., so it feels like coming home,” said alumni Elyse McFadden. “It's important to come back so people can see that Southern has a legacy."
The Jaguars are set to play the Alcorn State Braves this Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and university officials are urging fans to arrive three to four hours before kick-off for that homecoming football game.
More than 20,000 fans are expected to show up and tailgate.
Campus police will be towing vehicles without a parking tag as well, so if you park in the paid lots, make sure you're doing it legally.
Shuttles will be available in some areas.