Glen David Andrews

Super Nola: Insider's tour of New Orleans

Super Nola: Insider's tour of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — One thing you can say about New Orleanians: They know how to punt.

When the date for Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII was set, there could have been a loud gasp: It was scheduled right in the middle of the city's hectic Carnival season.

The powers that be decided to start the parades a week early, break for the National Football League events, then launch back into crazy Carnival party mode, culminating with Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — on Feb. 12, the day before the start of Lent.

New Orleans, which displayed its survival skills after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, knows how to recover and celebrate life like no other place.