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Super Bowl Sunday 2013: The View from Downtown New Orleans

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A firsthand photographic look at all the hoopla happening in downtown New Orleans before the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers.

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I knew early on this was going to be an interesting day.

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A very interesting day.

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Entrance to main gates on Poydras St.

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Entrance to Jackson Square on Decatur St.

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Official Super Bowl XLVII gear.

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An empty CBS set in front of directly inside Jackson Square.

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One of many of religious preachers out on the streets.

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49ers fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the team boarding their buses outside of the team hotel.

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This kid would have felt stupid if his team lost.

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Lone Saints fan on French Quarter balcony.

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The broadcasting crew has arrived on set.

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The roman numerals on the river.

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Playing guitar with his hands and feet.

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Bourbon St.

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Time to start the process of entering the stadium area.

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Kickoff is getting close!

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Security checkpoint. Pat downs, metal detectors and wands.

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The band waiting to greet you beyond security.

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Fan tailgate area set up on top of the parking garage.

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Pass catching station.

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Bif from the David Letterman Show was doing some bit.

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FREE CANDY!!!!

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Hyatt hotel, NFL headquarters.

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The Lombardi Trophy.

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Your other CBS broadcast team.

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The view from Champions Square.

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Concession prices outside the stadium.

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Rebirth performing.

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Ray Lewis, not actual size.