A band from Griffin High School put in plenty of hard work all season to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl parade, and then for 70,000 fans at the Georgia Dome for the bowl game pitting Clemson and LSU. The band, along with floats and community groups, are part of the parade that started at 12:30 p.m.
"It's an awesome experience. There is a lot of hard work, a lot of pride, and a lot of effort in what we do. We've been preparing since May. We've been doing rehearsals and field shows, and we came in second place last time in the field show. We're excited to be here," said Griffin High School Band Director Gregory Dumas.
One band from Iowa is also participating in the parade and game, where they will play for the biggest audience they've ever seen.
"I am very excited because the last trip I was on we didn't get to actually play in the stadium. We just held a sign. I am excited to conduct a big band at the stadium, said Southwest Iowa Honor Marching Band Drum Major Laura Butz.
Michael Peters, band director for Southwest Iowa, said the event is a huge deal for the students.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to be able to leave hometowns, some of these hometowns are as small as 500 people. And they come to a place like this where they're performing in front of 70,000 people at the bowl game. They may never get a chance or opportunity to ever perform like this again," said Peters.
Football fans were eager for the matchup of Tiger teams.
"Clemson is the real Tigers. They are a war eagle. They were never about a tiger," said Rodney Wallace.
LSU fan Mike Serio was one of thousands of fans who showed up early to tailgate.
"When we tailgate in Baton Rouge, we get there early and I stay late. I pride myself, when I go to an LSU football game, I'll stay until there's 0:00 on the clock," said Serio.
The teams also have stadiums nicknamed "Death Valley," and both claim to have named it first.