Airport welcomes visitors with New Orleans charm

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“This is what goes on here! The party starts right away!”

As Super Bowl revelers continue to arrive, beads, bands, and bands, and a lot of helping hands are here to officially welcome fans from all around the world in a way that’s uniquely New Orleans.

“It’s very welcoming. Everyone is offering to help you.”

“We’re just here greeting and welcoming all of the visitors in,” the members of the Voodoo Welcoming Committee told WGNO’s Catherine Shreves.

Yes, even before the fans hit the streets of the French Quarter, the concourses and baggage claims of Louis Armstrong International Airport are featuring a welcoming committee and live music by some of our great musicians.

“Thursday and Friday from 9 to 9 and Saturday from 9 to 1,” according to the airport’s Michelle Wilcut. “We’ve got Rebirth, we’ve got the Iguanas, the Pinstripes, the Pinettes.”

And included in the airport’s recent multi-million dollar facelift, Wilcut says some of our best and most beloved local restaurants will feed Super Bowl fans whether they’re coming or going: “We’ve got Dooky Chase, we’ve got Ye Old College Inn.”

Whether you’re routing for the Ravens or the 49ers, both sides agree: the best part about Super Bowl XLVII is that it’s in New Orleans!

And when the game is over and it’s time for the thousands of other fans to say farewell to the Crescent City these welcoming committees will be here bright and early Monday morning to say goodbye.

“We have volunteers coming in at 2:30 in the morning to say thank you, give them a pin that says ‘you were at the Super Bowl,’ and hopefully they will come back again!”