The big blue siege of New Orleans is already underway. In the bayou, you see blue everywhere.
The SEC Tournament kicks off at the New Orleans Arena this afternoon. The Kentucky Wildcats will play on Friday, but fans are already packing the SEC Big Easy.
From the world famous Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter, known for its beignets and cafe au lait, to Bourbon Street famous for its jazz music and clubs, you can see a sea of blue everywhere.
"We're having a blue and white boa party. We're in Blue Orleans," one fan told us.
Coach Calipari has mentioned the Blue Mist that follows the team wherever it goes. Fans see it too now in New Orleans.
"It does amaze me the way Kentucky fans turn out. I just ran into a lady who asked me if there's anybody left in Kentucky. I said yeah there's a few, but they're on their way," said Jerry Wagner.
Larry Vaught, the sports editor for the Danville Advocate-Messenger, says he's never seen so many fans come so early to an SEC Tournament.
"I've been doing this 36years, but I've never seen this many UK fans anywhere so early. They're everywhere you look, restaurants, Bourbon Street. It is unbelievable," said Vaught.
Former UK fan favorite Mark Krebs now lives in New Orleans working as an actor and following his favorite team.
"I've been by myself for awhile, and now all of a sudden, the blue invasion came in. I followed the team all year, and it's neat to be out of Kentucky to watch them because they're so good. Everyone else looks at them and says they're just too good. I'm going, I know. I'm from there. I played there 2 years ago," said Krebs, who played at Kentucky from 2007-2010.
This is the third time New Orleans has hosted the SEC Tournament