If you're making the trek to New Orleans this week for Monday night's BCS National Championship, "The Big Easy" is rolling out the red carpet for you with a load of activities.  Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter in Jackson Square, this year's Allstate Fan Fest will feature live concerts from pop music stars, school pep rallies, marching bands and football-themed activities to get fans excited.

Cee Lo Green will headline the festivities leading up to the Allstate BCS National Championship with a free concert on Jan. 8, while local legends The Neville Brothers will perform on the Allstate Fan Fest main stage on Jan. 7.

College football fans of the participating Allstate BCS National Championship teams will have a chance to show their school spirit during high energy pep rallies featuring the schools' marching bands, mascots and cheerleaders the day before the Bowl games.

This year, Allstate invites fans to register on-site for a chance to win an on-field experience during trophy presentations after the Allstate BCS National Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Also, the first 500 fans that check-in to Allstate Fan Fest on Foursquare will receive a free Allstate® Sugar Bowl® or Allstate BCS National Championship phone skin, courtesy of the title sponsor.

The traveling Allstate Tailgate Tour will return to Fan Fest where fans can test their football skills through a variety of interactive games, including a replica "Good Hands®" field goal kicking unit and the Legacy Museum - a hands-on, retrospective look back at the history of college football.

The following activities will highlight this weekend's Allstate Fan Fest:

Saturday, Jan. 7

  • The Neville Brothers Concert - 6:15 p.m.

 

Sunday, Jan. 8

  • LSU Tigers Pep Rally - TBA
  • Alabama Crimson Tide Pep Rally - TBA
  • Cee Lo Green with Eric Benet & Ahsan Concert - 6:15 p.m.

The Allstate Fan Fest is free to the public between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8, before the Allstate BCS National Championship. Fan Fest is located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lots off Decatur Street.