Hebert, Saints fans fulfill late broadcaster’s promise

Former Saints QB Bobby Hebert celebrates the team's Super Bowl appearance in style. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Thousands of Saints fans filled the streets Sunday to celebrate their team’s first trip to the Super Bowl — in drag. And not the usual drag queens that you typically find in the French Quarter. Included in the revelers was former Saints QB Bobby Hebert.

For real.

Hebert was fulfilling the pledge of former New Orleans sportscaster Buddy Diliberto, who once promised to dance through the streets in a dress if the Saints ever reached the Super Bowl. Diliberto died in 2005, but that didn’t stop many others from fulfilling his wish. Hebert was wearing a dress designed by his fashion-designer daughter, Cammy Lynn.

Thousands joined Hebert in a parade from the Superdome to the French Quarter. Hebert told the New York Daily News that he estimated the crowd of participants and spectators was about 50,000.

“It was above and beyond anything I expected,” Hebert said. “I couldn’t even walk. They had to put me on top of a float. It was 50 degrees, but everybody had enough antifreeze in them.”

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