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New Orleans Saints fans celebrate in the French Quarter in New Orleans after the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. (AP)

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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.

Guests:

Stephanie Grace, political columnist for The Times-Picayune.

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.

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