New Orleans' challenge: policing 2 huge parties

Updated: January 30, 2013, 3:33 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans police force famed for its crowd control prowess is getting help from state and federal authorities as the city hosts an estimated 150,000 Super Bowl fans while preparing for the raucous buildup to Mardi Gras, which also draws thousands to the historic French Quarter and its restaurants, bars and strip clubs.

The security challenges began in earnest Friday night with the first of the city's major float-filled Mardi Gras season parades. This week, the parade ...

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