Photos: 10 things to do in New Orleans
Ravens and 49ers fans are ready to rush New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, emptying their pockets for tickets to the big game and scrambling for a seat on an available flight. With travel packages going for thousands of dollars, you'll want to make your stay in the Big Easy well worth it - that means seeing something beyond the inside of the multimillion-dollar refurbished Mercedes-Benz Superdome. We've come up with 10 things for football travelers to see and do in New Orleans.
For more information on lodging, restaurants, attractions and Mardi Gras, go to neworleanscvb.com. For details and schedules on the Super Bowl, go to neworleanssuperbowl.com.
-Reuters and Tribune Newspapers contributed to this article.
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Celebrate Mardi Gras( Chris Graythen, Getty Images Photo / February 24, 2009 )
It's true - there won't be any parades downtown during the Super Bowl, so mister can't throw you something. But there will be some parades outside the city proper, including in Metarie and Covington. (See a schedule at mardigrasguide.com). You can also catch the carnival spirit at Arnaud's restaurant, (813 Bienville Ave., 504-523-5433), where you can enjoy a romantic meal and then head upstairs to view their Mardi Gras exhibit. Before you return home, sample some authentic king cake, a French pastry served only during Mardi Gras season. Try it at Cake Cafe and Bakery (nolacakes.com), Sucre (shopsucre.com) or Haydel's (haydelbakery.com). You can even ship the cakes home to help friends or family spice up their Super Bowl parties New Orleans-style.