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(NECN/NBC News: Jay Gray, New Orleans) - The excitement is building in New Orleans on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII.
It is the tenth time the Big Easy has hosted the big game.
Still, this may be the most important match-up as the city looks to show the world it is back and better than ever.
It’s Super Bowl weekend in the middle of Mardi Gras
in the only town that could handle hosting both.
"You can see the sports part, you see the Bourbon Street and the Mardi Gras part, and it brings it all together," said 49ers fan Mark Castanon.
A difficult task in a city battered by Katrina and stained by the BP oil spill, but unwilling to break.
"We are proud of people here that have stuck this thing out," said football legend Archie Manning.
The legendary quarterback and a favorite son of the city, Manning says the big game, in the Big Easy is a tribute to dedication and sacrifice.
"So it's been a great story of the recovery with a lot of help from the whole nation, " said Manning, the former NFL quarterback and father of Peyton Manning of the Broncos and Eli Manning of the Giants.
The nation that is now joining in the celebration.
"You couldn't ask for a better town, better people, it's been amazing," Castanon said.
The same word many fans are using to describe the host city.