We have been waiting for this week for 43 years. That's how long the New Orleans Saints have been in existence, and how long we've waited to go to the Super Bowl. It's our first time at the big dance and we are ready!
Saints fans have gone from wearing bags over their heads at the games to the NFC Champions. But, always, through it all, we have yelled, "Who Dat say they gonna beat dem Saints, Who Dat, Who Dat." Now often the answer was just about anybody. We became the Who Dat Nation and we never gave up, we always believed we'd be in the Super Bowl some day.
Ready to Party
Now anyone who knows anything about New Orleanians or the Who Dat Nation knows we are a partying bunch, and we really don't need a reason, especially this time of year. From Bacchus. Usually, the Super Bowl comes in either on our Super, or Bacchus, Sunday, or the week before, also a parade day. This year there will be two Super Sundays in New Orleans, February 7th, the Super Bowl, and the following Sunday (Bacchus). And to make matter even better, this year Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees will be the King of Bacchus. But we're ready for it.
Special Parties for the Saints
- The Buddy D-Bobby Hebert, men of the Who Dat Nation dress in drag parade. Last Sunday, Bobby Hebert made good on a promise by Buddy Diliberto to wear a dress if the Saints ever made it to the Super Bowl. It was quite a happening. Here are the photos. With any luck this will become a tradition.
- The Saturday Pep Rally. On Saturday February 6th there will be a Second-Line (a dance we do on any occasion, Saints in the Super Bowl, Weddings, Divorces, Funerals, Births, etc. All you need is a handkerchief, and your backfield in motion.) and Pep Rally at the French Market from 11:30 TO 3:30 P.M. The Treme Brass Band and the Storyville Stompers will perform.
- Sunday night in New Orleans. Now doubt there will be a huge party in the French Quarter and around the Superdome. Don't worry about the usually riots and burning of cars you see in other cities after a Super Bowl win. We dance on cars, we don't burn them. If fact, New Orleans tourism officials report that there are only a few rooms left for this weekend. It's going to be a great party, and I'll be in that number!
- Saints Victory Parade. On Tuesday, February 9th there will be a Saints parade, win or lose. Just making it to the Super Bowl is a victory. The parade will start at 5pm at the Superdome and go down Poydras Street to Mardi Gras World on the river.
Don't Forget Mardi Gras
One of the reasons the Saints parade is set for Tuesday is that there are no other parades set to roll that day. So, if you come in to New Orleans, stick around a few more days and catch some Mardi Gras Parades. If you can stay all the way to Mardi Gras. (February 16th.)