Celebrate Mardi Gras
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. (Chris Graythen, Getty Images Photo /February 24, 2009)
Baltimore has the mojo when it comes to getting to Super Bowl XLVII
The online travel agency Orbitz.com
reports that as of this week, 108 percent more Ravens
fans than San Francisco fans are planning trips to New Orleans next week.
Bookings at the website show Baltimore is the top originating city for round-trip flights to New Orleans for Super Bowl weekend. It is followed by the cities of New York, San Francisco, Newark and Los Angeles.
Ravens fans are traveling at a rate of 2-to-1 compared with 49er fans, Orbitz.com reported.
The website's ranking is calculated based on bookings for Washington and Baltimore airports, as well as San Francisco and Oakland airports.
The average round-trip ticket price to New Orleans from Baltimore is $1,188, according to Orbitz.com.
Orbitz.com has created a special site for travelers to the Super Bowl
. It includes information on flights, hotels and more.
According to the site, hotels in downtown New Orleans are sold out, but that rooms remain in nearby cities, including Covington and La Place. Both are about 45 minutes away from the action. Rates are averaging about $350 per night.
Orbitz is also seeing rooms even further away along the Gulf Coast beginning to fill. Overnight rates there are starting at about $350 for casino hotels and $120 for non-casino hotels.
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