FILE - In this March 8, 2011 file photo, revelers throw beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel onto crowds on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras Day festivities in the French Quarter in New Orleans. With the Super Bowl in New Orleans Feb. 3 and Mardi Gras falling just nine days later, the city is gearing up for a massive celebration and influx of tourists that locals are calling "Super Gras." (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)

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FILE - In this March 8, 2011 file photo, revelers throw beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel onto crowds on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras Day festivities in the French Quarter in New Orleans. With the Super Bowl in New Orleans Feb. 3 and Mardi Gras falling just nine days later, the city is gearing up for a massive celebration and influx of tourists that locals are calling "Super Gras."  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)
FILE - In this March 8, 2011 file photo, revelers throw beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel onto crowds on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras Day festivities in the French Quarter in New Orleans. With the Super Bowl in New Orleans Feb. 3 and Mardi Gras falling just nine days later, the city is gearing up for a massive celebration and influx of tourists that locals are calling "Super Gras." (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)
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