Saints bor­row Mardi Gras floats for pa­rade through grate­ful New Orleans

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL KUNZELMANA

shot pho­to­graphs of play­ers from the rear of a pickup truck. “I’ve never seen so many peo­ple out here like this. This is beau­ti­ful, man.”

The pa­rade, a week be­fore the city’s sig­na­ture Fat Tues­day cel­e­bra­tion, started out­side their home turf at the Louisiana Su­per­dome. Black, gold and white con­fetti floated over the crowd and a man wear­ing a Saints jacket held aloft a sign that read, “Happy Lom­bardi Gras!”

The floats stopped at a re­view­ing stand at his­toric Gal­lier Hall so elected of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Mayor Ray Na­gin, Sen. Mary Lan­drieu and Gov. Bobby Jin­dal, could toast the team’s 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

“How’s the ’Who Dat’ na­tion feel tonight?” Su­per Bowl MVP Drew Brees yelled when his float stopped at the re­view­ing stand. “This toast goes out to you. We love you and we won that champi- on­ship for you.”

More than a dozen march­ing bands joined the team on its route, which passed by the edge of the French Quar­ter and ended at the city’s con­ven­tion cen­tre.

Shan­non Cobb, 28, said the pa­rade was a party with a pur­pose.

“Ev­ery­body is here for one rea­son: their love for the city and their love for the Saints and to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what they’ve done for us,” she said.

The Su­per Bowl win, which capped just the ninth winning sea­son in fran­chise his­tory, was a stun­ning re­ver­sal of for­tunes for a team once de­rided as the “Aints.” Few play­ers could ap­pre­ci­ate that bet­ter than fan favourite Deuce McAl­lis­ter, the team’s re­tired all­time lead­ing rusher who joined the team on the side­lines for the Su­per Bowl.

“It’s been pretty crazy,” he said Tues­day. “Ev­ery­where you go, you can see the pride in the fans.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press

New Orleans Saints fans greet the NFL foot­ball cham­pi­ons dur­ing a pa­rade through the cen­tral busi­ness district of New Orleans, Tues­day. The Saints and fans cel­e­brated the team's 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Su­per Bowl XLIV.

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