By Ninfa Saavedra
Grambling State University Media Bureau
New Orleans, La. – Dressed in all black with the gold “G” plastered on her chest representing Grambling State University, the lady shouting “GO GRAMBLING!” caught the attention of many. Californian Darrian Jessie, a 1981 GSU alumnae, was enjoying the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade for the second year in a row.
“It’s so beautiful to see all the high schools and colleges enjoying the day. It’s something to be thankful for,” said Jessie as she watched the hour-long parade just off of Canal Street.
According to Jessie, she reigned as Ms. Bayou Classic first runner-up in 1980 during her tenure at GSU she was a GSU cheerleader majoring in computer information systems. Jessie now works for Bechtel Corporation, which she described as “the biggest engineering firm in the world.”
Jessie plans to attend the Bayou Classic every year.
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