OK, I confess I was more interested in seeing if Pete Townshend would do some windmill leaps and trash his guitar at the end of their halftime show.
I first took a look at the space view of the Crescent City from NASAimages: http://www.archive.org/details/VE-IMG-17299
Then to set the mood put on a little music from The Radiators: http://www.archive.org/details/rads2010-01-02
And read a little of this old text from 1914: New Orleans Old and New: http://www.archive.org/details/neworleansoldnew00alle
From it I learned that Carnival season started in 1827. Here’s a slightly more recent view of Mardi Gras from 1941: http://www.archive.org/details/Paradeof1941
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints and all the people in the Crescent City.