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From chiming clocks to Who Dats, Saints fervor is high

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Whitney Bank clock chimes "When the Saints Go Marching In" on eve of big game. Whitney Bank clock chimes "When the Saints Go Marching In" on eve of big game.

NEW ORLEANS - The Saints may be 2,600 miles away for tomorrow's big game, but local fans are not letting distance get in the way of their excitement.

From music in the CBD to Who Dats decked out in black and gold on the streets, there was no shortage of Saints' fervor on display Friday.

"Go all the way, Saints go all the way! You see I got everything on - Saints, yeah Saints go all the way," said Saints fan Anita Francis while walking near Gravier and St. Charles.

The Saints are hours away from the divisional playoff game against Seattle, and fans who could not make the trip are keeping the faith that the team will end up in the Super Bowl when all is said and done.

"I think the game tomorrow is going to be like 31-20, Saints," said Francis.

People strolling and driving through parts of the CBD were prompted to get in the mood for the game.

The Whitney Bank's iconic clocks chimed the song, "When the Saints Go Marching In."

"As you can see, when people walk by and hear the chime, they automatically get excited, you know?" said Tim Bennett of Whitney Bank.

"We're the Saints, we're going all the way, we're going all the way, we gotta go all the way," said Saints fan Tee Minor while standing on Canal Street.

With all the excitement, grocery stores like Dorignac's in Metairie are anticipating a crush of fans shopping for party goods.

"A small gathering with some friends, and we are rooting them on, for sure," said Saints fan Vivian Cain as she rolled her basket inside the store.

Black and gold cakes of all kinds were on display, and there was plenty of other Saints merchandise in the store.

"We've prepared. We've brought in a lot of extra product, and we're ready for the customers to roll into the store," said Dorignac's Assistant Manager Ryan Johnson.

And as Saints fans picked up gameday goodies, many said last week's Saints win on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles has energized the team, and they are convinced that the Saints will play hard and win even in the inclimate weather in Seattle.

"That's right I think we have a great chance of winning, so go Saints - Who Dat," said Cain.

In the French Quarter, businesses with large TV monitors like the Bourbon Bandstand think they'll score a touchdown at game time.

"Number one, it's the Saints playing, and number two, they're in the playoffs," said employee Ricky Matthews.

He said last week's Saints playoff game against the Eagles increased business.

"We were pretty busy. Everyone was interested in having a nice time," said Matthews.

And back at the chiming clocks outside the Whitney Bank, confidence of a Saints win Saturday and a spot in the Super Bowl was high.

"I already booked flights to the next game, so yes, good to go," said Kris Martinez of Whitney Bank.

"It's a Super Bowl year, we're going all the way," said Minor.

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