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1. Mass street closures are in effect and they are questionable at best.
2. I’m now nonsensically feuding with the DIRECTV blimp.
3. ESPN the Magazine’s party color scheme was primarily 49ers red and Cee Lo played “Don’t Stop Believing” as part of his encore. Sign from the gods.
4. Super Bowl tourists really don’t seem to understand the fact that there are no last calls in New Orleans. The streets were empty come 2:30 AM.

Grand Old Time-Lapse: If there’s one thing CBS loves (aside from defacing iconic landmarks) it’s a compact video of a whole lot of work. Canons and GoPros have shown up at almost every single area in which something Super Bowl-related is being built. A photographer bemoaned the two week long time-lapse in Jackson Square as he snapped footage of the stage crew, simply calling the process “fucking ridiculous.”

Stevie Wonder: When Bud Light begins using your song as the anthem of an entire football-themed movement, it only makes sense that you’d be headlining Super Bowl festivities at the Bud Light Hotel. Stevie Wonder was spot-on as always, pulling out all the stops for a very a receptive audience. Gary Clark Jr. joined Wonder during a pfunk breakdown only to be stopped by tech issues, yet finished off the evening on a high note as Wonder and Janelle Monae swapped vocal duties for “Superstition”.

Repping the City: Ask any SFian and they’ll tell you that image is incredibly important. Sadly, the cultural ambassadors of our city have been subpar in their travels to New Orleans. A majority of service industry folks are seeing higher tips with Baltimore fans and far better attitudes to match. Some think it’s an age thing, others just see Niners fans as out of touch with the area. No matter how hard or well our team has worked to get here, y’all are still guests of this city. Be mindful of the differences here, especially the fact that Louisiana is a right-to-work state. In a primarily tourist economy such as this, a lot is riding on you, the fan, to act accordingly. Let’s make the Bay proud both on and off the field.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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