The NFL Super Bowl XLVII is in New Orleans and the football game itself is just part of the fun, excitement and great events in the city during Super Bowl Week 2012. Check below for everything you want to know about the 2012 Super Bowl including lots of fun, free events, concerts, contests, the NFL Experience, the Superdome, how New Orleans is getting ready and how to volunteer. Plus the rescheduling of some parades since Mardi Gras season (aka Carnival) runs into Super Bowl season. And of course, all about the game, the teams (when we find which), the half-time show, and the basic facts. Check back often for additional information and updates.
When is the Super Bowl?February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Kick-off is 5:30 p.m. You can buy tickets, but they are going for over $2000.
--The NFL Experience is a indoor interactive foodball-centric with about 50 attractions including some especially for kids including NFL Football Clinics,as well as an NFL shop, Pro Football Hall of Fame Exhibit, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and autograph signings by NFL players. Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2013 at the Morial New Orleans Convention Center.
--Fan Jam - a 3-night concert series
--"Fan Plaza" in Championship Square by the Superdome will be jumping all day on Super Bowl Sunday.
Stay tuned - I'm sure more events will be announced soon.
Check out these Free Events for the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans including a first-time-ever multi-day celebration with concerts.
Here's a list of a bunch of special events and experiences for Super Bowl week in New Orleans.
A huge NFL party with chefs, food, celebrities, and NFL'ers. It's pricey but proceeds go to food pantries in its "kick hunger" effort. There's also a breakfast and an on-line fundraiser
Here's the scoop about as well as 12 Things To Do at the NFL Experience, a NFL football theme park during Super Bowl Week in New Orleans.
Check out the history of the Superdome Timeline link on this official website. The Superdome is a great football venue and the lights added by Mercedes-Benz are great. I've haven't personally heard a single criticism about how they look, which is amazing in New Orleans. And in fact the Superdome light system won a global Architainment Lighting Award.
While you wait for the Super Bowl souvenirs this year, there's a variety of mementos available on-line now for NFL Super Bowl games and participating teams including coins, plaques, footballs, films and more.
It takes lots of volunteers throughout the city for a successful Super Bowl week in New Orleans. Here's how to volunteer, help your city and the visitor, and be part of the excitement.
January 2013 UPDATE: Hundreds of local metro New Orleans volunteers are needed to help out during the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl, which will get you into the Superdome on game day
The first big Mardi Gras
weekend conflicts with the Super Bowl which is on Feb. 3, 2013.
Ten parades are being moved to the weekend before, Jan, 25-27, 2013, by order of the City of New Orleans. The ten krewes that are moving their parades are Oshun, Cleopatra, Adonis, Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Sparta, Pygmalion, Alla, Carrollton and King Arthur.
At least one Mardi Gras Dog Parade has already announced its parade will be moved this year due to the Super Bowl. Barkus, the French Quarter dog parade, will roll one week early this year.
Mardi Gras Parades start on Jan. 29, 2013. The unprecedented "break" in New Orleans Carnival parades occurs Jan. 28 - Feb. 5, 2013. Parade then continue from Feb 6 - 12, 2013.
CAVEAT: The "break" only impacts parades in downtown and uptown New Orleans. Parades in the suburbs, such as Metairie, Chalmette and on the North Shore, will roll during the break with out any Superbowl schedule changes.