Connick Jr.: Saints boost New Orleans post-Katrina

Musician Harry Connick, Jr. is shown before the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

February 14, 2010 6:02:51 PM PST
Singer and New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. says the economic and emotional boost from the Saints' Super Bowl victory is giving the city unprecedented momentum in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Connick, who is singing the national anthem for Sunday's Daytona 500, says the tourism money brought in to local businesses from the team's playoff run is carrying over into Mardi Gras, resulting in the "greatest time in the history of our city, at least as long as I've been alive."

Connick, who was wearing a black shirt with a gold fleur de lis, says the city is excited and proud of the team.