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New Orleans will split Mardi Gras parade schedule to accommodate Super Bowl

Drew Brees AP

The Super Bowl returns to New Orleans next year, but the timing of the NFL’s title game creates a conflict with the city’s Mardi Gras parade schedule.

And so, instead of 12 straight days of parades and parties culminating the day before Ash Wednesday, the parades will begin early, with the pause button being pressed once the NFL descends on New Orleans for the week of activities preceding the Super Bowl, according to Jacquetta White of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Specifically, the Super Bowl will be played on February 3.  Mardi Gras lands on February 12.

Ten years ago, the parade schedule was split when the 9/11 attacks delayed the Super Bowl by a week.  That was the last time the game was played in the Superdome.

It’s unclear whether and to what extent the parade schedule will impact rumored plans to play the January 27 Pro Bowl at the Superdome.

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17 Responses to “New Orleans will split Mardi Gras parade schedule to accommodate Super Bowl”
  1. fumblenuts says: Feb 9, 2012 12:20 AM

    We won’t have to worry about that after December 2012 according to the Maya calendar?

  2. vincentbojackson says: Feb 9, 2012 12:31 AM

    It’s great to see the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl in New Orleans.

    Coupled with Mardi Gras, it will be a huge economic windfall for a city that is still working toward fully recovering from Katrina.

  3. staffordsyear says: Feb 9, 2012 5:56 AM

    Im goin to mardis gras this year for the first time…cant wait!!

  4. couldntthinkofaname says: Feb 9, 2012 6:08 AM

    fumblenuts says: Feb 9, 2012 12:20 AM

    We won’t have to worry about that after December 2012 according to the Maya calendar?

    __________________

    The Mayans cancelled the end of the world after they were invited to the 2013 Mardi Gras.

  5. musicman495 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:42 AM

    That would be splitting Mardi Gras CXL for Super Bowl XLVII.

  6. nolahxc says: Feb 9, 2012 7:48 AM

    That’s going to be a crazy few weeks!

  7. ascensionparish says: Feb 9, 2012 7:54 AM

    If the Saint play in the Super Bowl…..in the Superdome……during Mardi Gras, it will truly be the end of the world.

  8. erictheclown says: Feb 9, 2012 8:50 AM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Feb 9, 2012 12:31 AM
    It’s great to see the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl in New Orleans.

    Coupled with Mardi Gras, it will be a huge economic windfall for a city that is still working toward fully recovering from Katrina.
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    How long are those swamp rats gonna milk that pity party?

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    staffordsyear says:
    Feb 9, 2012 5:56 AM
    Im goin to mardis gras this year for the first time…cant wait!!

    Save your money, go piss in an alley and sit in it. That will sum up your weekend!

  9. erictheclown says: Feb 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    it gonna be funny seeing Cam win a Superbowl in Katrina town!

  10. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 9, 2012 9:13 AM

    It’s gonna be an awesome month down here.

  11. yevrag3535 says: Feb 9, 2012 9:15 AM

    New Orleans is a dump that is unlike any other city. It is all hype. The crime is worse than people could imagine. You never see the the NFL mention that.

  12. blackngoldsuperbowl says: Feb 9, 2012 9:20 AM

    erictheclown says:
    Feb 9, 2012 8:52 AM
    it gonna be funny seeing Cam win a Superbowl in Katrina town!

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    Your screen name, speaks for your comment.

  13. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 9, 2012 9:24 AM

    Erictheclown, I’m just curious what exciting interesting city you live in to be dissing New Orleans like that. I’m sure it doesn’t have a fraction of the culture,charm and individuality that exists down here. I’m sure you formulated your opinion not from first hand experience but from what you heard from some tool. So while your living a miserable existence in your boring city I’ll be partying it up with “staffordsyear” at Mardi Gras.

  14. bozosforall says: Feb 9, 2012 1:26 PM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 9:15 AM
    New Orleans is a dump that is unlike any other city. It is all hype. The crime is worse than people could imagine. You never see the the NFL mention that.

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    Where the rest of the country goes to do their dirty business. Much like Las Vegas. Fun place to visit but wouldn’t want to live there.

  15. vtopa says: Feb 10, 2012 12:10 AM

    Greatest city in America. The culture. The food. The music. The history.

    Half the people who hate on NOLA are bitter that they live in more boring places and secretly wish they lived there themselves. The other half are still mad that the Saints are the class of the NFL and won a Superbowl with one of the great QBs of all time. Sorry folks, no more Aints doormats for you.

    With the offense that they have now, this team has the best shot in years of being the first to play a Superbowl at home. I’m rooting for them and God help the AFC team that has to play them there.

  16. nowillrepeat says: Feb 10, 2012 12:19 AM

    erictheclown and Bozo:

    Shouldn’t you two be at the circus?

  17. getit28 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:58 AM

    erictheclown, (aka Eric the punk bi@#$) taking personal shots online is about as classless as you can get. especially when nobody asked for you damn opinion.

    then again you are probably still somebody that lives with your mother at the zoo.

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