The star power was out in force during Super Bowl weekend, but the star that shone the brightest was the city of New Orleans.
With celebrities and journalists from across the globe descending upon the Crescent City, it wasn’t terribly challenging to engage in the age-old spectator sport of stargazing.
The action wasn’t all at Superdome. Much of the pre-game activity was spread around town as crews set up production teams throughout the French Quarter and many surrounding neighborhoods.
On one of America’s most iconic streets, Bourbon, stars gathered for a bird’s-eye view of a super party.
Craig Ferguson of “The CBS Late Late Show” was in town making his rounds with robot sidekick Geoff Peterson.
The duo created quite a scene on a night shoot that aired this past Sunday night as part Ferguson’s Super Bowl special.
There was “Entertainment Tonight’s” Rocsi Diaz, a New Orleans native, who grew up on the West Bank and was back home and on-camera with actress Jenny McCarthy this past weekend.
Diaz interviewed members of the famed Tuohy clan who were here to cheer on their son, Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the NFL Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens.
Dad Sean Tuohy grew up in New Orleans and is a Newman School grad. You may recall the film based on the Tuohy’s story, “Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock.
“OMG Insider” co-anchor Kevin Frazier could not stop raving about his New Orleans experience.
Prior to his interview with Cee Lo Green, Frazier shared with me just how much he loves our city.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” correspondent Jeannie Klisiewicz was also about town on a special adventure with two lucky football fans, Amanda Deboer of San Francisco and Sierra Kunoski of Baltimore.
Ellen, who of course has roots in New Orleans, broadcast her special Super Bowl show Tuesday.
From across the pond, “BBC Worldwide Sport” was here to capture all the action both on and off the field.
Besides their American football experience, the duo sampled a bit of food from Restaurant R’evolution and took in the sights and the sounds of our city for memories that will linger.
Their parting words to me were positively gushy about Super Bowl XLVII’s host city, New Orleans, which was by far the biggest star of the show this week.
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