|The Grand Old Lady Throws a Party
|Above & right, quarterback Drew Brees - on a float
with his offensive linemen - gives his arm a workout
throwing beads to the crowd.
|Right, Coach Payton, riding on a float with his wife
and children, blows kisses to the crowd.
|Top right, an alligator float lines up in
front of the Superdome in advance of
the parade; bottom right, same float
after parade has begun.
|Confetti rains down on a float.
|Above, Drew Brees shows his dance
moves; top right, centurians stand guard
on a float; bottom right, a float passes in
front of the Superdome.
|Fans have left notes of thanks and gifts for Drew Brees on the gate at his house in New Orleans.
|A few extras
|Ever since the Ursuline nuns first arrived in the
city in 1727, they've been a big part of the city's
life; I love this picture of two nuns
congratulating a Saints player after the NFC
Championship game in the Superdome.
|My favorite picture from the Super Bowl - right
after winning, Drew Brees holds his year-old son
high, amid the falling confetti.
|I bet this is why he bought a car with a sunroof!
Left & above: Ten thousand enthusiastic fans met the
team at the airport when they arrived home from Miami.
Left & above, Coach Payton gives them a look at the
Lombardi trophy, while a cadre of police hold the throng
back from kissing the trophy. Meeting the team when
they return home from road games isn't an unusual event
- numbers at least in the hundreds and often in the
thousands greet the team when it returns from road trips
- win or lose. It's a tradition that's unique to New Orleans
among NFL teams. I was sad to read that only 11 (eleven!)
fans greeted the Colts when they returned after the
Super Bowl. That doesn't sound like much team spirit!
New Orleans officials were planning on giving the team
this huge parade in appreciation for the season - whether
they won or lost the Super Bowl. And hundreds of
thousands would've been there to say thanks for the
season, regardless. Because we wouldn't want them to
be disappointed - after all, they're, well...family.
|Sign at the parade - somebody's thinking ahead.
|A Streetcar Named Miami - from this year's Barkus Mardi Gras parade.
|The photos on this page are thanks to many e-friends who shared with me
and: New Orleans Lady's Flickr photos; metoo's Flickr photos;
Times-Picayune website; Radio Station 96.1's website; WWL-TV's website
|The link to this page is:
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