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Super Bowl set to kick off in fun-loving New Orleans

Published on Feb 4, 2013 6:07 AM
Dancers perform outside the stadium prior to the San Francisco 49ers playing against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  -- PHOTO : AFP

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) - Jazz bands are playing, the crawfish boiling and daiquiris swirling on Sunday, as party goers crammed bars and restaurants ahead of Super Bowl 47, the pinnacle sporting event that transfixes America each year.

New Orleans knows how to throw a bash, and with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras coming in the same month, football fans are getting a double dose of revelry in the build-up to the big game.

The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers face each other for the first time in a Super Bowl to see who will be crowned the National Football League champion.

The most watched single event in US sports is being held this year just blocks from New Orleans' Bourbon and Canal streets, where fans have been rubbing shoulders all week with athletes, corporate executives and Hollywood stars in town for the big bash.

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