The Saints parade in New Orleans is just one part of the upcoming party. Today’s Saints parade in New Orleans fittingly comes one week before Mardi Gras starts. By then, the city may already be too hung over, after the celebration the Super Bowl champions touched off. Already, the French Quarter has been jammed with happy ‘Who Dat’ fans that have waited 44 years for this. The Saints parade in New Orleans today will bring the team and all the fans together, for the first of many gatherings.
No matter what happened today, there was going to be a parade for the Saints. But today, it is a party for the Super Bowl champions, making the occasion much bigger – even by New Orleans standards. At 6 pm est, 5 pm Central, the parade began at the Superdome.
From the Superdome, the Saints parade in New Orleans will go south on Poydras, before taking a right on Loyola, and a left to Howard Avenue. The route will also pass St. Charles Avenue, Canal Street, and Convention Center Boulevard before ending up at Mardi Gras World.
Most victory parades start around noon, with the clean up beginning by nightfall. But this party is defining tradition, in the spirit of New Orleans. The winning Saints will address their rabid fans from their floats, along with owner Tom Benson and coach Sean Peyton. Soon to depart Mayor Ray Nagin and other city officials will also speak from a grandstand.
But although the Saints parade in New Orleans will follow a traditional victory celebration format, the gathering will have vintage New Orleans touches. Black and gold will be the dominant colors of the night, with Mardi Gras beads tossed, and the Yin-Yang Twins set to perform. The entire city has virtually been shut down so everyone can attend, with no one likely to go to work or school tomorrow.
After tonight’s gathering, the fans will likely have to celebrate moderately for the next week. They will need to gather their strength back up for Mardi Gras next Tuesday, which will probably have more Saints tributes.
Once this month long hangover ends, New Orleans will have to get back to actual work, with more rebuilding to do and a new Mayor to swear in. But the Saints parade in New Orleans is not only their greatest post-Katrina event, it may be the biggest in city history, period. They will have those bragging right for all time – or at least until the next Saints Super Bowl title, which doesn’t seem so far fetched now.
For all night and beyond, the Saints parade in New Orleans will consume Borbon Street and all of Louisiana. It may be so big that the city will take until September to get clear headed – just in time for the Saints to host a new party with the 2010 NFL kickoff.
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