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by Sarah Phipps Modified: January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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This week, I traveled to New Orleans to photograph Oklahoma playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

A large part of the bowl experience for fans comes from the host cities. For me New Orleans was a great host city and offered quite an experience.

I spent time walking around the French Quarter documenting fans. Some of my favorite Sugar Bowl photos came from the unique experience of being in the French Quarter.

One of my favorite moments was when I saw a jazz band play “Happy Birthday” to Jerry Kendall, great uncle to Oklahoma player Blake Bell. Kendall will have such a great moment to remember about his Sugar Bowl experience.

Doreen J. Ketchens with the Doreen's Jazz plays Happy Birthday to Oklahoma fan Jerry Kendall, great uncle to OU player Blake Bell, in the French Quarter, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 in New Orleans. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Doreen J. Ketchens with the Doreen's Jazz plays Happy Birthday to Oklahoma fan Jerry Kendall, great uncle to OU player Blake Bell, in the French Quarter, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 in New Orleans. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The shops, street performers and of course the beads add to the experience of New Orleans. I strolled Bourbon Street on New Year’s Eve along with Oklahoma and Alabama fans. We were fortunate enough to witness a wedding party parading down Bourbon Street with a jazz band.

A wedding party parades down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in New Orleans. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
A wedding party parades down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in New Orleans. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma fans throw beads from a balcony decorated with Sooner flags on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in New Orleans. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma fans throw beads from a balcony decorated with Sooner flags on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in New Orleans. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
A cat sits in a shop window on the French Quarter.
A cat sits in a shop window on the French Quarter.
Fans walk by a street performer in the French Quarter before the Sugar Bowl.
Fans walk by a street performer in the French Quarter before the Sugar Bowl.

And then there was the game. That was fun, too.

Bob Stoops and the Sooners celebrate the 45-31 win over Alabama during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.  .Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Bob Stoops and the Sooners celebrate the 45-31 win over Alabama during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. .Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders (8) dives for a touchdown as Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) tackles him during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.  .Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders (8) dives for a touchdown as Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) tackles him during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. .Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) celebrates a touchdown during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.  .Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) celebrates a touchdown during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. .Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

See all of the Sugar Bowl related photo galleries by clicking the links.

Sugar Bowl press conference

Sugar Bowl practice

Sugar Bowl Fans

Sugar Bowl Game

Sugar Bowl welcome home

-Sarah Phipps

 

 


by Sarah Phipps
Photographer
Born in Missouri, Sarah Phipps graduated of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Mass Communication and French in 1999. After an internship with the St. Joe News-press, Sarah moved to Oklahoma for a full-time job at the...
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