NEW ORLEANS - It's official. The rest of the nation has begun to descend upon New Orleans. Those involved in logistics at the New Orleans International Airport say it will continue. With it, celebrity spottings in NOLA are on the rise.
In 24 hours a change hit New Orleans as football fans and media members walked the streets shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Troy Landry (Swamp People), Tony Dungy (NFL analyst) and Sam Champion (Good Morning America).
Football fans begged for photos and autographs as smiles canvased their faces. They thought they would just be in town to watch Super Bowl 47. They didn't expect to come face-to-face at breakfast with people they watch on television each day.
Troy Landry and his wife Bernita were in Mother's, a popular New Orleans dive, for breakfast Friday morning. Bernita laughed and played along as fans of Swamp People politely asked Troy for photos.
He had fun with it too, joking with fans that photos would cost -- $100.
With specialty Mardi Gras beads decorated with alligator head charms across his shoulders, he then would correct himself, "Ab-so-lutely! We can take a picture."
Should fans expect to continue seeing celebrities enjoying New Orleans as common folk as the game approaches?
To take it from Troy, "Ab-so-lutely!"