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S S 1837 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 2010 1990 1980 2000 Since 1837 ? 2010 THE MEANING OF THE SAINTS SUPER BOWL VICTORY IS HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS How do you convey what that glorious night in February meant to the fans who suffered through the early seasons at Tulane Stadium? The lost opportu- nity of the Archie Manning years? The two decades before the first winning record? The optimism of the Mora years followed by the embarrassment of the Ditka years? For readers of the Picayune, these five images say it all. A new hurricane system is in place. Expanded photo galleries on nola.com/ 175years COMING TOMORROW MORE PHOTOS, STORIES ! t SupER BOWL EdItIOn 75¢ BREAKING NEWS AT NOLA.COM MOnday, FEBRuaRy 8, 2010 ¨ SUPER BOWL XLIV AMEN AfTER 43 yEARS, OUR pRAyERS ARE ANSWEREd 31 SAINTS 17 COLTS Brees’ MVP effort wins Saints first Super Bowl MICHAEL DEMOCKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Drew Brees holds aloft the Lombardi Trophy at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Brees threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a dominating performance against the Colts. t MetrO edItION 75¢ BREAKING NEWS AT NOLA.COM WedNesday, February 10, 2010 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SUPER BOWL XLIV WINNERS DAT TUESDAY FaNs sWarM cIty tO celebrate saINts’ super VIctOry More scenes from the Saints parade A8-9 I A New Orleans fairy tale B-7 Video on nola.com ‘We have endured the American nightmare. It’s our time to live the American dream.’ SCOTT THRELKELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Floats bearing Saints players snake through streets lined with throngs of fans Tuesday in New Orleans. Wearing a hat, quarterback Drew Brees joins his backup, Mark Brunell, and the offensive line on a float loaned from the Krewe of Bacchus. ove over, Endymion. New Orleans has a new superkrewe. Make that a Super krewe. Deliriously welcoming back the Super Bowl champions who brought home the hardware after 43 years, adoring Saints fans packed in 15 deep along the streets of the Central Busi- ness District on Tuesday, braving temperatures cold enough that New Orleans officials enacted the city’s freeze plan. But who really cared? As spectator Gerard Braud put it: “We have endured the American nightmare. It’s our time to live the American dream.” As the parade got set to roll, the Marine Corps Reserve band got the crowd primed with the unofficial Saints anthem, “Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk).” It would be the first of many, many renditions, some performed by the song’s actual creators, the Ying Yang Twins. No one seemed to tire of it. There wasn’t much filler at the front. The second float featured quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees; his backup, Mark Brunell; and the men in charge of protecting them: the offensive line. Brees, wearing a newsboy’s cap and riding in the same Bacchus float he’ll be in Sunday when he reigns as that krewe’s king, was all in, firing off beads with such authority that more than one fan worried aloud about the possible effects on his surgi- cally repaired shoulder. Brees wasn’t the only player to display some athleticism off the field. Defensive end Jeff Charleston, perched atop the Alla-Gator, a tall float loaned from the Krewe of Alla, had M By Gordon Russell Staff writer SeePARADE, A-6 ! 1nn01nMd0208 SECTION D MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010 31 SAINTS colTS 17 D-3 Peter Finney: A night to remember D-4 Jeff Duncan: Drew Brees the King of New Orleans SAINTS ALIVE! NEW ORLEANS SUPER BOWL CHAMPS D-2 D-6 John DeShazier: Sean Payton’s aggressiveness pays off SUPER BoWl XlIV SUPER BoWl XlIV Saints overcome Manning, early 10-point deficit to bring home first Lombardi Trophy D16-17 The sights and sounds from Miami SCOTT THRELKELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE DAT’S INCREDIBLE DAT’S INCREDIBLE Tracy Porter

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2010the meaning of the saints super bowl victory is hard to put into words.� How do you convey what that glorious night in February meant to the fans who suffered through the early seasons at Tulane Stadium? The lost opportu-nity of the Archie Manning years? The two decades before the first winning record? The optimism of the Mora years followed by the embarrassment of the Ditka years? For readers of the Picayune, these five images say it all.

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More scenes from the Saints parade A8-9 I A New Orleans fairy tale B-7 Video on nola.com

‘We have endured the American nightmare. It’s our time to live the American dream.’

SCOTT THRELKELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Floats bearing Saints players snake through streets lined with throngs of fans Tuesday in New Orleans. Wearing a hat, quarterback Drew Brees joins his backup, Mark Brunell, and the offensive line on a float loaned from the Krewe of Bacchus.

ove over, Endymion. New Orleans has a new superkrewe.

Make that a Super krewe.Deliriously welcoming back the

Super Bowl champions who brought home the hardware after 43 years, adoring Saints fans packed in 15 deep along the streets of the Central Busi-ness District on Tuesday, braving temperatures cold enough that New

Orleans officials enacted the city’s freeze plan.But who really cared? As spectator Gerard

Braud put it: “We have endured the American

nightmare. It’s our time to live the American dream.”

As the parade got set to roll, the Marine Corps Reserve band got the crowd primed with the unofficial Saints anthem, “Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk).” It would be the first of many, many renditions, some performed by the song’s actual creators, the Ying Yang Twins. No one seemed to tire of it.

There wasn’t much filler at the front. The second float featured quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees; his backup, Mark Brunell; and the men in charge of protecting

them: the offensive line. Brees, wearing a newsboy’s cap and riding in the same Bacchus float he’ll be in Sunday when he reigns as that krewe’s king, was all in, firing off beads with such authority that more than one fan worried aloud about the possible effects on his surgi-cally repaired shoulder.

Brees wasn’t the only player to display some athleticism off the field. Defensive end Jeff Charleston, perched atop the Alla-Gator, a tall float loaned from the Krewe of Alla, had

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Saints overcome Manning, early 10-point deficit to bring home first Lombardi Trophy

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Monday from fans greeting the New Orleans Saints at the Louis Armstrong Inter-national Airport were not for a player or coach.

The decibels were high-est when coach Sean Pay-

ton lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy, given to the Super Bowl championship team, from the sunroof of his sedan.

Fans ran alongside Payton’s Mercedes-Benz, some videotaping him and the trophy and others just cheering and waving.

“It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” Kenner resident Rolita Small said.

As they do after every away game, throngs of fans met the Saints at the airport, a tradition that is unique among National Football League teams. Members of the Saints organization line up their cars in a caravan and drive past a mile of

screaming fans. On Monday, fans were five to six deep for most of the milelong route.

The Saints hired Kenner officers to work crowd control when the team arrives from away games, and police had 35 to 40 officers on the route Monday. That’s compared with the 18 that worked the past few games, Police Chief Steve Caraway said.

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ixteen hours after the New Orleans Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV, the crowd at Domilise’s Po-Boys was still in Who Dat heaven. Everyone assembling

the Uptown restaurant’s iconic shrimp, oyster and roast beef sandwiches was wearing a Saints-related T-shirt or cap, as were many of the customers, and everyone was smiling.

Into this jam-packed eatery came Joy Favor, who had made a beeline for Domilise’s after getting off a flight from Miami, where she had seen the game. Wearing a black T-shirt and carrying a gold-en tote bag on her left shoulder, she said two words when she crossed the threshold: “Who Dat!”

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Fans jam airport to roll out red carpet for returning Saints

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Saints coach Sean Payton hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy through the sunroof of his car Monday as he departs the air-port along Bainbridge Avenue in Kenner. An overflowing welcome wagon of fans awaited.

By Mark SchleifsteinStaff writer

Just like the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl on Sunday, this afternoon’s Black and Gold Super Bowl Parade in downtown New Orleans is shap-ing up to be a lifetime event.

More than 250 Saints players, coaches and staff members will be throwing beads from a dozen of the area’s premier Carnival floats.

“I think that this is the first time that you’ll ever see all these floats together at one time, and very well could be the last time you ever see all these floats together,” said Barry Kern, pres-ident of Blaine Kern Studios, which is overseeing the event.

Included will be the signature floats of Endymion, Bacchus, Rex, Zulu, Alla, Caesar, Tucks,

ALL SAINTS pARAdE mARchING IN TOdAy

By Dave WalkerStaff writer

More households were tuned to CBS’ broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV than any scheduled pro-gram in U.S. TV history.

Sunday’s New Orleans Saints defeat of the Indianapolis Colts was viewed in 51.7 million house-holds, topping the previous record holder, the 1983 finale of the CBS

sitcom “M*A*S*H,” which drew 50.2 million homes, the Nielsen Co. announced Monday.

Sunday’s total average audi-ence of 106.5 million viewers eas-ily eclipsed last year’s record Super Bowl audience — the 98.7 million viewers who tuned to NBC’s broadcast of the Pitts-burgh Steelers’ defeat of the Ari-zona Cardinals.

More people viewed the Saints-Colts game than any program in history

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