Sep 8, 2010 3:24 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If you are planning to do any work in New
Orleans on Thursday, forget it.
City Hall is closed, schools are closing early, the Superdome is
spruced up, a parade, concert and hours of tailgating are planned
as the Who Dat Nation gets ready to celebrate - after a 43-year
wait - beginning the NFL season as the defending Super Bowl
The Saints, long the laughing stock of the league, have finally
justified the faith of their longtime fans and sparked an almost
cult-like devotion in their hometown.
A number of city schools are closing early, citing the traffic
problems the Saints-Minnesota Vikings game will cause. Catholic
schools are planning afternoon pep rallies. No one would predict
what they expected attendance to be on Friday, the day after the
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