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36th annual Circle City Classic celebrations kick off

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For historically black colleges and universities, the classic matchup between two of their football teams in Indianapolis is way more than just a game.

The Circle City Classic has brought its game and events to Indianapolis for the 36th time. The Classic is one of the biggest events put on by Indiana Black Expo.

Black Expo President and CEO Tanya Bell talked about the feeling she gets from the atmosphere when the Classic comes in town.

“It really gives me chills,” Bell said.

Bell said the Circle City Classic gives the Indianapolis community more to look forward to than just a weekend of fun.

“It’s our opportunity to showcase to parents and the community another option for our kids from a post-secondary education,” Bell said.

Bell said Black Expo uses a big portion of the proceeds from the weekend for kids from Indianapolis schools. “We’ve given out $4.6 million in scholarships through Circle City Classic.”

Circle City Classic events began Sunday with the Miss Circle City Classic Coronation where Clara Isaac, a Cathedral High School senior, took the crown.

Friday’s events kicked off with the coaches’ luncheon welcoming the players from the Jackson State Tigers and the Kentucky State Thoroughbreds. Later, fans gathered for a pep rally on Monument Circle.

On Saturday morning, about 90,000 people were expected for the 10:30 a.m. parade and the 3 p.m. gridiron face off between the Tigers and the Thoroughbreds. Halftime of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium will feature the battle of the bands.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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