Louisville, Florida fans prep for Sugar Bowl with second line

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Posted on January 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 1 at 6:41 PM

Sheba Turk / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Louisville and Florida fans have taken over the French Quarter in anticipation of Wednesday’s big game.

They are celebrating the only way we know how in New Orleans -- with a second-line parade led by St. Aug’s band.

Horse drawn carriages, cheerleaders and fans throwing beads lined up in front of Pat O'Brien's.

They danced down Royal over to Bienville and ended the celebration at Arnaud's Restaurant.

Cardinal fans came armed with cheers and lots of optimism about the showdown.

But Gators insist the victory is theirs.

“Gators gonna win. Don’t know how much,” said one Gators fan.

No matter who wins, it's clear the Gators and Cardinals know how to have a good time.

And while the Sugar Bowl is all fun and games for the fans, the game also gives a big boost to the city.

“Historically the Sugar Bowl will have about a $150 million impact on the community and the region. That’s great for small businesses, it’s great for the people that work in the industry. We have about 175,000 that rely on the hospitality industry for their daily job, and we want to keep growing that potential for them to create more jobs,” said Mark Romig, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

The big game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. And either way, Louisville and Florida fans are excited.

 

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