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Magic City Classic Week Events Went Way Beyond Football (Photos)

Birmingham Mayor William Bell (left) with comedian Rickey Smiley, a native son honored at the 2017 Magic City Classic.

Birmingham Times Staff report

Photos by Reginald Allen

State Rep. Juandalynn Givan hosted the “Classic in Pink” luncheon, one of many events in conjunction with this year’s Magic City Classic.(All photos, Reginald Allen)

Magic City Classic Week had it all — from entertainment with hip-hop and R&B artists, live DJs, freestyle rap battles, radio remotes with national personalities, fashion shows, food, drink, vendors, tailgaters and celebrities in town throughout the course of the Classic.

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Activities were spread across the city at sites that included downtown’s Harbert Center and  1st and 23rd and the western side of town at Bill Harris Arena – Birmingham CrossPlex that featured performances by collegiate and alumni Greek step teams including a showdown between Alabama State University and Alabama Agriculture & Mechanical University bands.

State Rep. Juandalynn Givan hosted her annual “Classic in Pink Luncheon” while at other venues performers included Silk, Avant and T.I. who was the featured artist at the post-game concert in Legion Field. The parade was led by the famous McDonald’s float carrying celebrities and Rickey Smiley, the celebrity ambassador, who was honored by the City of Birmingham at the game.