As the trappings of Carnival go up in New Orleans, there's something else the city is getting ready for: this weekend's NBA All-Star Game.
Mark Romig with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation expects the event will bring in around 50,000 people that will "take our hotel rooms, eat in our restaurants, and really enjoy New Orleans".
The city last hosted the event in 2008, when the then-Hornets' Chris Paul represented New Orleans on the Western Conference All-Star team. This year, the Pelicans' Anthony Davis will have that honor as an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant.
You can hear more from Romig on the estimated economic impact the NBA All-Star Game will have for the city below.