LSU Homecoming festivities are this week, concluding with the big game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Louisiana State of Mind.” The Homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Members of the Homecoming Court include queen candidates Catherine Briley, a biological engineering major from Grand Prairie; Chi Nguyen, a biological sciences major from Larose, and Jennifer Tuohy, a natural resource ecology and management major concentrated in conservation biology from Mandeville. The king candidates include Ricky Richard, a kinesiology major concentrated in human movement science from Grand Lake; Kurt Ristroph, a chemical engineering and liberal arts double major from Baton Rouge; and Bradley Williams, a mass communication major concentrated in public relations from Lafayette.

Other members of the court include juniors Natalie Burges, a chemical engineering major from Katy, Texas; Alexande DeBlieux, a mass communication major concentrated in digital advertising from Houma; Madison Dunman, a communication disorders major from Shreveport; and Evan Loukadakis, a mass communication major concentrated in public relations from Marksville; sophomores Margaret Manning, a mass communication major concentrated in political communication from Monroe; and Drake Boudreaux, a mass communication major concentrated in digital advertising from Lafayette; and first-year students Jacob Phagan, a double major in French and mass communication concentrated in political communication from Shreveport; and Brenna Vial, a mass communication major concentrated in public relations from Luling.

The Homecoming festivities include:

  • CANapalooza Canned Food Drive — Through Sunday. CANapalooza supports the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Canned food will be collected in barrels around campus during the week. Before their donation, the cans will be used to “build” replicas of Tiger Stadium and Mike the Tiger’s habitat on the Parade Grounds, where they will remain on display until Sunday, when all food will be donated.
  • Coffee for Cans Promotion at Barnes & Noble at LSU Bookstore — Through Sunday. The LSU Bookstore will offer a free coffee to anyone who donates 10 canned goods for the CANapalooza effort.
  • Food Truck Wroundup, Lod Cook Alumni Center — 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. The LSU Alumni Association will host the city’s regular Wednesday Food Truck Wroundup. Open to the public.
  • “Anything Goes” Musical, Union Theater — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The LSU Union Theater presents “Anything Goes,” a three-time Tony Award winning musical comedy by Cole Porter. Open to the public, but tickets are required.
  • Homecoming Pep Rally and Rave, Parade Ground — 7 p.m. Thursday. Mike the Tiger, the Tiger Band and the Golden Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, coaches and athletes and student performances will be featured in this celebration of Tiger spirit. Selected students will get to “pie” coaches, athletes and professors. Mike the Tiger will award spirit prizes for crowd participation. After the pep rally, the rave gets going, where students can dance the night away. Open to the public.
  • Homecoming Concert, Parade Ground — 8 p.m. Friday. Concert features American Country Music, Country Music Awards and Country Music Television-nominated duo Love and Theft, with opening acts DJ Rod Youree and singer/songwriter Joel Crouse. Free and open to the public.
  • Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display, West Lakeshore Drive — All day Saturday and Sunday. Spirited lawn decorations will be in front of Greek chapter homes.
  • LSU Homecoming Parade — 11 a.m. Saturday. The Homecoming Court, bands and floats are part of the parade’s 2.9-mile trek around campus starting near the LSU University Administration Building on West Lakeshore Drive, turning onto South Stadium Drive, then on Fieldhouse Drive and traveling down Dalrymple Drive back to West Lakeshore. To see the parade route, visit
  • Battle of the Bands, Parade Ground — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. LSU Student Government’s Students on Target group hosts the annual bands competition among five student, faculty and staff bands.
  • Homecoming Tailgate, Parade Ground — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The winners of the Homecoming competitions will be announced. Entertainment by U4ria. Open to the public.
  • Homecoming game LSU Football vs. Ole Miss, Tiger Stadium — 6:15 p.m. Saturday. The Homecoming king and queen will be announced.
  • BOOzar, Maravich Center Plaza — 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Hosted by LSU Athletics and the Academic Center for Student-Athletes, LSU student-athletes from all sports will distribute candy to trick-or-treating children. Everyone who attends is asked to bring canned goods for the Food Bank. Free and open to the public.