Thousands of football fans are partying in the French Quarter this weekend. Some are in town for Saturday's New Orleans Bowl, others are here for Sunday's Saints game against the Falcons. But all of them are putting smiles on the faces of local retailers.
From Bourbon Street to Royal and even Canal, football fans seem to be everywhere.
ULL fan Crystal Plaisance says, "It's been a great experience in New Orleans so far, I love it."
After the ULL Rajin' Cajuns beat the Nevada Wolf Pack for their fourth consecutive New Orleans Bowl win in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, fans hit the streets to indulge in a little retail therapy.
"I'm hoping to get in and out of the stores, see what sales and items I can find," said fan Kim Charles.
Roux Royale employee Marie Journey says, "Yes it's been busy but it's been fun."
Local businesses say big sales Saturday are making up for a lackluster past couple of days.
"The weather was just so awful besides, rain is just bad enough, but cold rain, off, on," commented Adorn employee Hannah Cohen.
Even the folks at Bourbon Heat nightclub say they needed a little boost to sales this month. "We need this weekend right before Christmas and we'll probably do better than Sugar Bowl honestly," said manager Huey Farrell.
The Saturday before Christmas is typically the busiest shopping day of the year. These businesses say they're thankful to have a few extra thousand people in town to increase revenue, even if some of them are Falcons fans, who were met with a little friendly rivalry on the streets.
With four days left before Christmas, there are still high hopes to make more money. Cohen says, "I'm always cautiously optimistic that sales are going to get better and better."
Before the books on 2014 are closed and retailers look ahead to the next major events in the city like the Sugar Bowl and Mardi Gras!