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Saints, Golden Eagles fans getting ready for some football

The Black and Gold Super Celebration is back this year, bringing former New Orleans Saints and Southern Miss players to Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport to meet and greet their fans.

The second annual event will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the shade of the ground floor of Island View’s west parking garage. It again will raise money and awareness for the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence.

Activities planned:

▪  Autograph sessions with former Saints players Tyrone Hughes, Michael Lewis, Fakhir Brown and Joe Horn and former Southern Miss players Ray Guy, Sammy Winder, Louis Lipps, Reggie Collier and Damion Fletcher.

▪  Also making appearances will be more than 20 high-profile Who Dat “super fans,” including Soul Saint, Sista Soul, Who Dat King, Da Pope, Gametime Saint and the Who Dat Chef

▪  Live entertainment by New Orleans band Bucktown All-Stars

▪  Face painting, a raffle and a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, and sports collectibles available for purchase

▪  Island View’s Blue Shell Spa will have a booth offering black-and-gold nail art, and neck and shoulder massages.

▪  Who Dat Corral, showcasing super-fan vehicles, including Sergeant Saint’s Jeep and Audrey and Speedy Rodrigue’s Saints Mustang, as well as Soul Saint’s The Soulcycle

▪  Shrimp boil with corn and potatoes, pizza, hurricanes, beer and soft drinks

Last year, 38 couples participated in a mass wedding and renewal of vows, and the super-fan ceremony will be offered again this year at 1:30 p.m. It will be led by Lionel Alphonso, an ordained minister,also known as Da Pope. All couples joining during the ceremony will receive a commemorative Black and Gold Who Dat “marriage license.”

Marriage licenses must be secured in advance. For more information, email BlackAndGold@IslandViewCasino.com.

The Super Celebration will be held rain or shine. Tickets are a $5 donation to the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence and can be purchased at the gate.

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