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By Ann Maloney | NOLA.com
In New Orleans, Sunday (Feb. 3), will be a day of block parties, second-lines and concerts with neighborhood bars festooned in black and gold as they host New Orleans Saints festivities to celebrate the hometown team.
Everywhere else? It’s just Super Bowl Sunday.
Well before New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees encouraged the team’s fans to take the high road, they were doing just that.
In response to what sports columnist Jeff Duncan called “one of the most egregious non-calls in NFL history,” referring to the lack of a pass-interference penalty in the Jan. 20 NFC Championship game that allowed the Los Angeles Rams to make a comeback and win, New Orleans fans began planning parties.
There is no formal agency pulling this city together. New Orleanians just grabbed an oar and got this city moving in a positive direction.
Chef Amy Cyrex Sins planned the “Anti-LIE Bowl Party- #pettynola” party at Dat Dog, which spread to the full 3300 block of Magazine; the Rev. Bill Miller, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington announced a “Black and Gold and Yellow Flag Sunday” Super Bowl Sunday service; and public relations professional Kim Bergeron, began raising money to host the Black and Gold Second-line Parade in the French Quarter. ...
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