Superbowl XLVII kicks off on Sunday night. The Baltimore Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in the United States’ most famous football game. Superbowl XLVII doubles as the high point of the football season.
For many not-really-fans, the Superbowl is the football only game they will watch in a season, because it’s as much a pageant as it is a sporting occasion. From commercial contests to the half-time entertainments, Superbowl is an occasion unlike any other.
This year, the fun all takes place against a backdrop of the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Judging from pictures released Feb. 2, 2013, the Big Easy is ready to rumble and to sell anything it thinks people will part money for, and there is more than a little cuckoo to contend with. Scroll through this list to see pictures of some of the fun and games that await the attendees of the 47th annual SuperBowl.
Superbowl-themed Mardi Gras beads
A bit of a carnival: Because Superbowl XLVII falls so close to Mardi Gras, you’ll find plenty of carnival types kicking around. There are even football-themed throwing beads, like this. Street entertainers like the one in the article’s main picture are also out and about, keeping things amusing.
People who don’t have Superbowl tickets yet will be paying through the nose
Desperate people. Already, wannabe attendees are hanging out outside the stadium, trying to get hold of tickets for the Superbowl. And that means there will be ticket touts. According to the New York Times, scalpers buy up as many tickets as they can ahead of time, then sell them for up to $1800 a pop.
Man creates unique Superbowl art
Tons of one-off and tacky souvenirs. From giant styrofoam hands to regular collectibles such as keychains, it will all be available. And there is Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers gear for every occasion. Some are more unusual and might actual retain some value. For example, Brock Swanson is selling one-of-a-kind Superbowl paintings from his stand in New Orleans.
Porcupine predicts Superbowl winner
The Baltimore Ravens will win. That’s according to Teddy Bear the Porcupine at Zooniversary in Dallas, Texas. Teddy Bear predicted last year’s winner too, so it’s time to place your bets. SB Nation says that the Ravens are favorite, too. Fortunately, it’s not too long until everyone finds out for sure.