With their crisp moves and precise details, the members of Iota Phi Theta National Fraternity Incorporated stole the show — again.
This is the second year in a row that the brothers of brown and gold have won first place and will represent Grambling in the State Farm Bayou Classic to be held in New Orleans.
“There were many long nights with everyone getting acquainted with all of the steps we had,” said step captain Byron Granderson from Rochester, New York.
Opening the show, which was held in the T.H. Harris Auditorium, were the alumni members of the band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, whose steppers included members from 2008 all the way back to 2002. Known for being crowd-pleasers as well as being “Loose Neckkas”, the gentlemen were all dressed as killers from horror films, such as Chucky, Michael Myers and even Freddy Kreuger.
Following KKPsi were the Sigmas, who had a Crazy House theme. The boys in blue and white included a very special tribute to the sororities in their act, using the song “Run the World” by Beyonce.
After the Sigmas were the ladies in blue and white, Zeta Phi Beta. Using a Midnight Madness idea, donning wigs and painted faces, the ladies wowed the crowd with their signature moves.
Next up were the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha who were creative coming onto the stage, emerging from the crowd. Using a Nightmare on Main Street theme, the ladies of pink and green stepped with clear-cut moves and were in-sync with one another, showing the crowd why they should win first place, and the judges agreed.
Following the AKAs were the men of purple and gold, Omega Psi Phi, who, for this occasion, left their signature colors back and were dressed in black hoodies and camouflaged pants throwing their moniker hooks and bellowing out their fraternity chants for their Black Lives Matter concept.
Finishing the show were the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta. Dressed in all black and red boots, the ladies of crimson and crème entered the stage incorporating scenes from the movie Set it Off.”
Awarded second place for the sororities were the Deltas and third place went to the Zetas. Second place for the fraternities were the Sigmas and third place went to the Omegas.
Joining the Iotas in the Battle of the Bands and Step Show in the Bayou Classic will be the AKAs.
The event will take place Nov. 27 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.