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Super Bowl roman numerals to arrive to much fanfare Thursday

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New Orleans, La.—What's in a number? Plenty when it comes to the Super Bowl.

And along the New Orleans riverfront there are hints that something huge is on the way.

"It's the 47 in roman numerals and there will be fireworks and music and it's just a great way to welcome the NFL and Super Bowl officially to the city of New Orleans," said Mark Romig, member of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

While the Super Bowl is known for what happens between the teams on the football field, the iconic roman numerals are synonymous with the big game.

On Thursday the 30 foot high and 100 feet wide official Super Bowl roman numerals arrive by barge on the Mississippi River docking next to Woldenberg Park, a stretch of the riverfront which is designated as "Super Bowl Boulevard" through Sunday.

There will be free activities for locals and tourists alike.

"Though we may not have a ticket to the game we can still enjoy the festivities," said Romig.

"We have the 49ers right here and that is caramel, rich caramel dipped in white chocolate," said Timothy Martin, owner of Mister Apple on North Peters Street, as he held an apple decked out in San Francisco colors. He also had apples specially made for Ravens fans.

He hopes his specially decorated eats will draw large numbers of Super Bowl fans to his store.

"We're hoping that we can definitely satisfy their appetite with our sweets here," Martin said.

On top of all of the money Super Bowl visitors will be spending while in the city, many locals who will come out to the big riverfront celebration on Thursday and through the weekend will be paying to park, buying food and possibly Super Bowl souvenirs.

Romig is confident the city and its residents will make a great impression.

"Gives us all an opportunity to pitch in and show people around the world how hospitable we are," Romig said.

Like most business owners in the French Quarter, Martin is hoping Thursday's big event and what follows through game day will throw a lot of profits his way.

"It's very exciting where we can showcase New Orleans in a positive way with the businesses that we do have in the French Quarter and our city is back from Katrina," he said.

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