In the past month or so many happy, crazy, wonderful events have occurred in the Gulf Coast area it seems as if - after 4.5 years - the tides are finally turning from "shit out of luck" to "wow, that was nice!".
The denizens of Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been witness to some of the most bizarre "good" scenarios since 2010 began. No one could make this stuff up! I hope someday somebody makes a movie out of what's happened so far!
Now, I'm not a writer or a big sports fan (you caught on to that, didn't you?). I'm just an observer of mankind in my home area. After the New Orleans Saints finished their regular season in an unprecidented winning season, I started paying attention and here's what I have found.
It all began with the New Orleans Saints unbelievable 2009 Season. They've been slowly building up to where they ended up this year since 2006 when Sean Payton and Drew Brees and company joined the Saints.
Because of the genius of Sean Payton, the Saints secured home advantage for the two playoff games.
Game number 1 was against the Azirona Cardinals and their great Quarterback Kurt Warner.
So many Saints heroes in this game. But as the Saints know, there's no "I" in "team".
This is the last game Kurt Warner will ever play. He retired shortly after this game. He's a class act
Playoff game 2 was against the very "sore losers" team, the Vikings and their
over the hill but still damn good "Brett Farve. Not a class act, but an egomaniac
I loved this game.
I think this was the first time in Saints' Fan History that a million tears of joy were shed....openly by men as well as women......not just because the Saints WERE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL FOR THE FIRST TIME, but for all of those fans who never lived to see this day. Yes, Katrina you bitch. They were there in spirit.
After the game ended there was an instantaeous eruption of fans - who were watching the game in the quarter - into the streets, hugging, high fiving and screaming with joy
Following that (well, there was a week or two to kill between games) came the ever popular Bobby and Buddy D Brawds in Dresses Parade. This parade proved that the male Saints fans are very secure in their masculinity to don a huge assortment of womens' dresses and parade from the Superdome to Bourbon Street in honor of Buddy Diliberto, a beloved legend in New Orleans sports broadcasting.
Buddy loved the Saints and one day said that if they ever went to the Superbowl, he'd wear a dress. Buddy died in 2005 but his followers remembered his words. A parade was basically thrown together in a week. It was a walking parade which grew into 85,000 strong. Unbelieveable. In the following clip, witness the "father of the Who Dat Nation", former Saints Quarterback Bobby Cajun Cannon Hebert, get into character (helped not doubt with some heavy alcohol consumption)
It was such an awesome day. Buddy D would've been happy.
On a side note, there are several NOLA bloggers who are die hard Saints Fans who held their own tribute to Buddy D that day. I love this. And these guys, even though we've never met.
Next came Superbowl week, with all it's hype. But two days before then, a wonderful thing happened:
Saints number 57 - Ricky Jackson - inducted into the Hall of Fame.
A day later Mitch Landrieu was elected Mayor of NOLA, effective in May. One of the best things to happen to the city since Katrina.
A day later, pigs flew, hell froze over. Our Saints won the Superbowl
I know people who drove for 2 hours to be in the French Quarter after the game.
I just went to bed extremely happy.
Two days later: The Lombardi Gras. Close to a MILLION people attended the
Saints Victory Parade.
this is a local TV station that doesn't allow embedding, but it shows the enormity of the crowd.
Mardi Gras starts in full throttle this weekend, weather permitting. It's gonna be nice to rest from so much excitement.
The Gulf Coast has had a wonderfully wild ride this month and a lot of people are feeling that this surge of positive activity shows that we are finally turning the corner from the pains of Katrina.