The NFL is, more often than not, is known for its homophobic gaffes. For every Scott Fujita and Brendon Ayanbadejo, there’s a Larry Johnson and a Coach Greg McMackin. But to celebrate its journey to Sunday’s Super Bowl, the New Orleans Saints are giving a healthy nod to the cross-dressers in all of us: Former star quarterback Bobby Hebert will walk down Bourbon Street in New Orleans wearing a black-and-gold sequined dress made by his own daughter. Oh, and there will be thousands of other men just like him.
Hebert is picking up the promise made by the late New Orleans sportscaster Buddy Diliberto to parade down Bourbon Street in a dress should the Saints reach the Super Bowl. Diliberto, a Big Easy icon, died five years ago. Hebert has hosted Buddy D’s radio show since his death.
Tomorrow, Hebert won’t be alone on Bourbon Street. He will be joined by “thousands” of other men in drag as they sashay from the Superdome to the French Quarter.
“This parade has gotten totally out of control,” Hebert said. “We had men calling the station and wanting to form a club to march in all these Mardi Gras parades. I said, ‘Wait a minute, I just said I would do this one time.’ I’m not going to go to monthly meetings. I’m sure you will see a few characters. Some of these guys probably dress like this every day. It’s a way of life for them.
“My daughter who is in New York in the fashion industry, she made me a dress. It’s black and gold sequins, all of that.”
Sometimes, you just can’t wait for Mardi Gras to start the party.