New Orleans Bob and Betty Washington, decked out in long strings of Mardi Gras beads, happily sipped Bloody Marys on Pat O'Brien's courtyard, lulled by the warm sun and the sound of the fountain at the famous French Quarter bar.
"It's the perfect way to treat a hangover," Bob Washington said. "We're gathering strength for the weekend."
It's not quite the weekend they were expecting when they first planned the trip. Back then, they were looking forward to Super Bowl weekend.
High rollers in limousines and football fans in team colors were supposed to flood into New Orleans this weekend. But the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks pushed the big game back seven days to the weekend when the first major Carnival parades were supposed to roll.
Instead of the Super Bowl, the AFC and NFC championship games will be played today.