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Tourist enjoying Mardi Gras vibe in NOLA

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -

Just like in Lafayette, Mardi Gras is a big money maker and tourist attraction for the city of New Orleans, bringing in thousands of people each year.

For some though, the parades aren't the only reason visitors say they'll be back again next year.

"There's a vibe here you can't get anywhere else," said Kevin Wegner, who's visiting from Dallas.

Wegner's statement is something you'd expect to hear on Lundi Gras.

Another visitor, Richard Houghton from England, said he and his friends are enjoying their trip just as much.

"We're going to head down to the parade for our last night. And we'll be good boys tonight because it's our last night," said Houghton.

Many visitors come to the Crescent City each year for the beads, booze and brightly colored parades, but for most, it's the people that keep them coming back. People like Miss Janet Grant, a server at Mother's Restaurant.

"We came yesterday ourselves, and we came back today. She served us yesterday, so that's the reason we came back," said Houghton.

For almost three decades, Grant has been filling the bellies of Mardi Gras revelers from across the world and filling their souls with her vibrant and energetic personality.              

"With the alcohol, we have to make sure they've got some food in their bodies, in order to keep going all day," said Grant. "I enjoy people. I enjoy meeting different people from different cultures. I just like to interact with different types of people. I'm just a people person."

Customers in Miss Janet's section head out to the parades routes after some good food, and an even better time.

"If you can't feel the vibe of New Orleans with her, you need to go check your pulse," said Wegner.

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