Saints mania in New Orleans today. The winners of Super Bowl XLIV parading through the jam-packed streets of the Big Easy, where Mardi Gras is already underway and Fat Tuesday’s annual blow-out is just a week off.
That’s a lot of happy frenzy for a city that five years ago this year was almost killed by Hurricane Katrina.
Now it’s got a big new trophy, a new mayor elected, and a big, big smile. But big challenges, too, along the levees and in streets still haunted by the hurricane.
This hour, On Point: We go to New Orleans to look at the city behind the Super Bowl victory.
Jason Berry, author, investigative reporter and New Orleans historian. His books include “Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II” and “Last of the Red Hot Poppas.”
Tom Watson, senior pastor of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries in New Orleans.