Super Bowl XLIV

Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Who dat?

When the New Orleans Saints made it into Superbowl XLIV, we immediately booked a hotel room in New Orleans’ warehouse district. If the Saints were going to grab their first Superbowl win then we wanted to be a part of the hometown celebration. Oh yeah, and it was the first weekend of Mardi Gras…

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We met up with Drew’s Peacecorps buddy, Pete, and his wonderful wife, Janine.

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Parade detours throughout the French Quarter. But we weren’t complaining.

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Here’s Julia and Drew hanging out on Julia St.

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One of the few places where you order a beer and the bartender asks “for here or to-go?”

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More parade fun with Jules.

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Typical Bourbon Street Mardi Gras craziness.

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Trying to score some beads before the float makes it to the parade route. After a while those beads get seriously heavy.IMG_0912

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The one-and-only Cafe Du Monde

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Mmmm beignets and chicory coffee. We also ate at an awesome oyster bar and had po boys at a local dive, but I didn’t take any pics. You’ll just have to take my word for it – the food in NOLA is great.

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Jackson Square

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The bar where we watched the Superbowl.

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Some locals we made friends with – please note the jester. He told me and Jules that he had $50,000 riding on the game.

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THEY WON! Bourbon Street erupts with cheering, strangers embracing and makeshift bands weaving in and out of the crowd.

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Love the music, love the food, love the people – just totally love New Orleans. server headers Who dat!