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Rickey Smiley to appear as part of the Bayou Classic Fan Fest, November 24 - 11/24/2012 -

For the first time the 2012 Rickey Smiley HBCU Tailgate Tour will be landing in at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans. Rickey Smiley is set to be a part of the Bayou Classic Fan Fest being held pre-game on Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Smiley, who is best known for his comedic work as host of BET's "ComicView," as well as appearances on HBO's "Comedy Jam and Snaps," will be a new addition to the 39th Annual Bayou Classic in an effort to make the game and events more fan and family friendly. Smiley will be signing autographs and addressing the crowd at Fan Fest all in anticipation of his new radio show coming to New Orleans in January.

"We are excited to have Rickey Smiley join The Bayou Classic this year and we look forward to his appearance at Fan Fest," said Dottie Belletto, President of New Orleans Convention Company, Incorporated, the management firm of The 39th Annual Bayou Classic. "In addition to the numerous other adjustments we've made this year, such as reduced ticket prices and our newly-released website, Rickey Smiley will be a tremendous addition to our weeklong series of events."

Tickets for the 39th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now, Tickets for both events can be purchased at the following locations: the Bayou Classic website (, Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Grambling State University Ticket Office, or the Southern University Ticket Office.


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