"The community is proud of the product. They taste good, they are affordable and its makes a great gift for fans."
Dr. Brian Taylor, the UL marching band director, said pride is widespread at the moment. On the heels of a return from performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Taylor said fans were waiting to congratulate the band.
"At the last football game, fans were just shouting 'great job.' They were shaking their hands and letting them know how proud they were of them."
Fans now have another reason to celebrate. The Ragin' Cajuns football team has received and accepted the invitation to play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for the second consecutive year.
"It really does a lot for our community because it's a national platform. We'll be televised on ESPN, so the entire country can watch them," said Eric Maron, Assistant Director for Athletic Marketing and Promotion.
Maron said the national exposure is important for the university. He said it will show everyone what the culture is like, while giving fan the opportunity to support their hometown heroes.
" They get to see their neighbors, their sons, their cousins. I think that's a real plus for the community."
Maron said it is also important that fans purchase tickets from the university itself. Every time a ticket is purchased through UL Lafayette, the school gets credit.
"It lets us continue to establish a Bowl History, to show how well the Ragin' Cajuns travel to bowl games. It also gives the best seat options. If you want tickets on the 50 yard line or the 20 yard line, purchasing through the university is the best option."
To view a list of stores that sell Ragin Cajun wines: www.louisianaalumni.org
To purchase tickets for the New Orleans Bowl www.ragincajuns.com