Superbowl Scene: Baltimore goes well with bourbon

Purple invades Bourbon Street as Ravens fans flock to NOLA.

From Frenchman Street to Canal and along Jackson Square, Ravens fans have been making their presence felt in the Crescent City this weekend.

Spontaneous eruptions of the “Seven Nation Army” anthem can be heard all over town. Purple jerseys are prevalent as far as the eye can see.

There are also common bonds between the cities when Purple Festivus meets Mardi Gras.

“New Orleans is grateful to host the Superbowl but we got hosed by the commish on the bounty scandal,” said Laurent LeBien of Metairie, a Saints fan who has noticed an invasion of purple into his city. “Ravens fans are everywhere and purple is a Mardi Gras color.”

Baltimore and New Orleans share similarities. There’s our Charles Street and there’s their St. Charles Avenue. David Simon writes about them both. There’s a big port in each town. Plus the delectable lump meat of Callinectus Sapidus can be readily found in each burg’s cuisine.

Baltimore once housed Poe and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and New Orleans claims Anne Rice and John Kennedy Toole, among others.

A raven on Bourbon Street. (Photo by Dean Bartoli Smith)

A raven on Bourbon Street. (Photo by Dean Bartoli Smith)

Both towns possess more than their fair share of charm as well as challenges that at times evoke the notion of “A Confederacy of Dunces.”

Johnny U on Bourbon Street

New Orleanians and Baltimoreans love their football. On Bourbon Street this afternoon there was a Johnny Unitas sighting and many Saints fans in full uniform. Purple beads rained from balconies.

At 2:52 p.m., a massive Ravens march trudged from lower Toulouse street to the Superdome.

“They love us,” said Steve Sneckenburger of Harford County. “Saints fans hate Goodell, but they hate the 49ers more.”

With temps in the 60s and football fans headed to the Superdome, everyone had it pretty good.

Now on to XLVII . . .

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  • Gerald Neily

    Yeah RAVENS !!!! They won ugly as they usually do. The ugliest play was the insane high risk
    4th and 1 fade pass which Jim Harbaugh described as Joe Flacco having “the
    guts of a burglar”. Similarly, Congressman Cummings said the Ravens don’t do
    things easy, just like Baltimore itself. Well said, but not really a complement for either the Ravens or Baltimore. The real key to this
    team’s victory is BALANCE. Everything about the team came together in the
    playoffs, most notably the offensive line and defensive secondary. I’d also give big credit to Jim Caldwell except if Flacco’s insane 4th down pass had not worked, we’d be calling that a Cam Cameron moment.

    Anyway, many people are strongly suggesting the Ravens need to abandon huge parts of this team – Ed Reed, Krueger, Ellerbee, Boldin, Cary Williams – in order to pay Joe Flacco his expected “elite” contract. But “elite” QBs don’t play ugly and they don’t vary like the stock market as Shannon Sharpe put it. Is Flacco up with Brady, Brees, Rodgers and Peyton Manning? Give us a break. Let’s give the whole team credit. Jacoby Jones was the X-Factor last night with two phenomenal TDs and it could easily have been someone else. That’s what makes the Ravens! PS – Ray Lewis, don’t become just another TV talking head. The Ravens need your leadership on the coaching staff or front office !!!!!!!

  • James Hunt

    James Ryder Randall wrote “Maryland, My Maryland” while teaching in NOLA.

    Story here:,_My_Maryland

    Stanza sung before the Preakness:

    Thou wilt not cower in the dust,Maryland!Thy beaming sword shall never rust,Maryland!Remember Carroll’s sacred trust,Remember Howard’s warlike thrust,-And all thy slumberers with the just,Maryland! My Maryland!

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