Floats and football pump people up for Super Bowl weekend

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

The floats kept the party going in the streets while football fans kept people pumped up on the sidelines.

For David Herrings, the excitement of floats and football has been building for days.

"I'm ready. I'm excited. I haven't been able to sleep for a week," Herrings said.

Parade goer, Doug Ellsworth says the two events couldn't come at a better time.

"It's just a perfect thing. You got Mardi Gras, and you're celebrating the Saints at the time like this. It comes out perfect," said Ellsworth.

For Gary Hanna of Wisconsin, the parade packed a little more fun than he planned for his first Mardi Gras parade.

"There were about four hands swinging around, and it (the beads) hit my teeth and my nose. I ended up with two broken teeth, a bloody nose and a lot of embarrassment," Hanna says.

Hanna's nieces and nephews thought the Orange Grove parade would be more tame compared to others along the coast and New Orleans. At least, they said, this trip will be a memorable one.

"He'll never forget this Mardi Gras!!!" said his niece Jennifer Hanna.

Hopefully, the Saints visit to their first Super Bowl won't leave them as bruised and bloodied and Gary Hanna's visit to his first Mardi Gras parade.

"I'm going home. Cold weather ain't so bad I guess after all," said Hanna.

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