New Orleans sportscaster Buddy Diliberto once promised to walk down Bourbon Street wearing a dress should the Saints ever reach the Super Bowl. Five years after Diliberto’s death, the Saints are in the big game, and thousands of other men will fulfill Diliberto’s bargain.
One of them will be former Saints QB Bobby Hebert, who will wear a black-and-gold sequined dress, made by fashion-designer daughter Cammy Lynn, when the parade from the Superdome to the French Quarter begins Sunday, the New York Daily News reports.
Hebert took over Diliberto’s local radio show and now his bet.
“This parade has gotten totally out of control,” Hebert told the Daily News. “We had men calling the station and wanting to form a club to march in all these Mardi Gras parades. I said, ‘Wait a minute, I just said I would do this one time.’ I’m not going to go to monthly meetings. I’m sure you will see a few characters. Some of these guys probably dress like this every day. It’s a way of life for them.”
Said Cammy Lynn: “That was one of the first things I thought about when the Saints won last week: ‘Oh my gosh, my dad’s going to be in drag walking around New Orleans, most likely in front of a large number of people and it will probably live on YouTube forever.’”
Cammy Lynn told the Daily News that her father tried on the dress Thursday night. And her mother was on the hunt for pantyhose.
“She couldn’t find any in his size, but I imagine they have to have a drag queen store somewhere in New Orleans,” Cammy Lynn said. “I want him to wear fishnets. That would really complete the look. We were trying to get him into high heels, but I believe the parade is 12 blocks. He’s very tough but not tough enough to walk 12 blocks in high heels.”