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Thibodaux welcomes Super Bowl visitors

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Thibodaux, LA. - Workers checked the lights on the Carmel Inn sign. Inside, the lobby is dusted and decked out, ready for the capacity crowd coming in a couple days.

"We're at the point, we're past 95 [percent]," says Danny Donham, general manager. "We have a couple of rooms in our pocket for the emergencies and the last-minute things that happen in hotels."

Donham says the calls started in December from people looking to stay for the Super Bowl. Thibodaux has about 350 hotel rooms and most are booked this weekend.

"A friend of mine wrote on Facebook that they're asking that they stay three nights minimum and it was an amount that's unheard of, for here in the city of Thibodaux," says Monique Crochet, marketing director for the City of Thibodaux. "I wrote her back and said what a great economic development for the City of Thibodaux at the beginning of the year."

Tourism officials know people are going to stay in the city but they also want them to play there. Thibodaux's only nighttime parade is going on this Saturday night, Feb. 2.

The captain of the Krewe of Ambrosia wrote a letter to all the Super Bowl guests inviting them to this weekend's parades. That note is part of a gift bag every visitor will receive.

"Rouse's supermarket, which is locally, family-owned here in Thibodaux, is donating a mini-king cake for every basket," says Crochet.  "How awesome is that?  Because you can take it back to your room, you can take it back to Baltimore and order one online."

At Fremin's restaurant, manager Shellie Basson wants all the out-of-towners to head home with a taste of southern Louisiana.

"We always love outsiders to come in just to show them what we're about," she says. "I like to talk French to people sometimes because I am a Cajun, I'm a true Cajun so it's just the hospitality."

With Super Bowl just days away, it's time to say "bienvenue."

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