POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 4:34pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WGNO-CNN) — Thousands of people excited about Super Bowl XLVII gathered Thursday night at Woldenberg Park for a ceremonial celebration.
The enthusiastic crowd cheered as the Super Bowl XLVII Roman numerals arrived on the Mississippi River by barge.
The numerals stood 30-feet high and more than 100-feet wide.
The music and light show on the barge was punctuated by a spectacular fireworks display.
"I think it's incredible!" "I think it's incredible for us the citizens of New Orleans, I think it's incredible for the city," said New Orleans native Eli St. Julien. "I think it's incredible for anyone willing to come down here and take advantage of it." "It's a wonderful thing."
The celebration at the riverfront was the first of a four-day football and music festival at Woldenberg Park.
The event features live music from local bands.
It's free and open to the public.