Saints fans boycott Super Bowl with citywide celebrations

Updated: Feb. 3, 2019 at 8:35 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - While the rest of the world had their eyes on Atlanta for the Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3), New Orleans combated angst and anger with a party or two in celebratory catharsis.

“That’s how we get things out,” said Saints fan Angelle Martin at just one of the many Super Bowl protest parties. “This is how we are. We’re just a bunch of mad people.”

After what will go down in history as the “NOLA No-Call," folks here knew they had to do something. For Travis Laurendine, that something was the Boycott Bowl.

“It’s an act of defiance," Laurendine said. “Our city is not taking this lying down. Other cities would’ve taken this lying down. Think about it. Do you think that another city in America would’ve done this after a blown call? I don’t think so. That’s what New Orleans is all about. That’s what our community’s all about.”

Laurendine helped plan Warehouse District event, where 3,000 of the Who Dat Nation’s finest packed Fulton Street for a sold-out party, complete with local musical acts like Rockin' Doopsie Jr., Big Freedia and the Saints personal favorite, Choppa.

"I'm surprised that it took off so quick and so big, for sure," Laurendine said.

Yet, those in attendance couldn’t see themselves anywhere else.

“I knew everybody was going to come up for this,” attendee David Denny said.

Kim Bergeron helped organize another New Orleans tradition to show the city’s defiance -- an anti-bowl second line, which started at Jackson Square.

“No matter where people go, they just need to go somewhere to show how much we love our Saints and show the world that we did not lose. Look at this. We won. And whoever wins the game in that other place, wins by default,” Bergeron said.

Many Saints fans wanted to throw the team a parade, as if they had one the Super Bowl, but organizing it would have been a stretch.

“People wanted a parade and I knew, logistically, we couldn’t do a rolling parade," Bergeron said “[It was] financially and logistically impossible.”

With overwhelming support, she came up with the next best thing.

"This is us showing them we are the real winners here," Bergeron said.

Regardless of how New Orleanians spent this Superbowl Sunday, the important thing was they celebrated their Saints.

“I love it. No other city in the world supports their team the way this one does. Everybody loves the Saints,” Saints fan Tara Rodoni said.

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