Beads vs. footballs next year in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans, which prides itself on its ability to handle huge sports and cultural events, may get its biggest test next year when Super Bowl arrives in town in the middle of Carnival.

Mardi Gras falls on February 12, 2013, with parades traditionally about two weeks before Fat Tuesday.

With the Super Bowl scheduled February 3 at the Superdome, officials are scrambling to reschedule parades, so they won't interfere with the big game.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that means 11 parades will take place a weekend earlier, so the focus stays on football.

The plan is not popular with the krewes, private organizations that stage parades.

But hospitality officials in New Orleans and on the nearby Mississippi Coast hope the move will help accommodate both crowds.

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