Photos: Super Bowl draws kids, grandmas and everyone else to the party


Bernice Cole, 94, was determined to come to the Super Bowl activities.
1 With the assistance of her granddaughter, 94-year-old Bernice Cole of Richfield was determined to come to the Super Bowl activities on the Nicollet Mall Wednesday evening, in spite of needing a wheelchair to get around. "I'm a Minnesotan," she declared. "I just had to be a part of it." 
Becky and Chuck Human hammed it up inside of a plexiglass football.
2 Becky and Chuck Human of Ham Lake, Minn., hammed it up inside of a plexiglass football on the Nicollet Mall on Wednesday night."It's a once in a lifetime experience," said Becky. "Just here to be part of it," said Chuck. 
Ryan Perrilloux earned a Super Bowl ring as Giants backup qb.
3 Ryan Perrilloux of New Orleans earned a Super Bowl ring when he played back up quarterback to Eli Manning for the New York Giants in 2011. He dressed for fun on the Nicollet Mall as a referee, joking around with pedestrians, and promoting the Mall of America as a destination. "I just want to give the fans a good experience," he says. He also let people try on his Super Bowl ring. 
Silas Roy, 13, in a Tom Brady jersey, and his Patriots helmet.
4 Silas Roy, 13, poses for a portrait on Nicollet Mall on Thursday. Roy was out with friends and family in the frigid cold, wearing just sweat pants, a sweatshirt, mittens, a Tom Brady jersey, and his Patriots helmet. Originally from Bangor, Maine, Roy moved to Minnesota in 2009, but retained his loyalty to the Patriots. When asked how he felt about the Patriots coming to Minneapolis to play in the Super Bowl he said, "A lot better than I've felt before." He added that he would "have gotten a lot of crap" at school if they had lost the AFC championship game. 
Renata Berg, left, is a proud grandma to twins Nyasha and Ruva Tirivep.
5 Renata Berg, left, of Waseca, Minn., is a proud grandma to twins Nyasha and Ruva Tirivep, 10 and a half months old, of Minneapolis. The babies were bundled up to attend festivities on Wednesday night, where their father was busy announcing the free concerts on a nearby stage. 
Brenda Hielkema has a birthday on Super Bowl Sunday.
6 Not everyone can say they share a birthday with Super Bowl, but Brenda Hielkema of Forest Lake can. She turns 52 on Feb. 4, the day of Super Bowl 52. Hielkema bought her father a full Super Bowl outfit, "all the gear," she said, even though he lives in Arizona. 
Tarah Cleveland, left, and Clayton Beyers wait for skiing.
7 Tarah Cleveland, left, and Clayton Beyers play the game "Aggravation" in a skyway over Nicollet Mall Thursday while waiting for the start of the skijoring race taking place on the American Birkebeiner bridge over 9th Street. "It sounds like the most interesting event for the schedule, a super obscure sport, but we figured we had to come watch it." said Beyers. Cleveland added, "We made the Minnesota staple tater tot hotdish last night, so we're really trying to, like, embrace the festivities in Minnesota." 
Kirk Freiberg poses for a portrait during a shift for Nordic Waffles.
8 Kirk Freiberg poses for a portrait during a shift for Nordic Waffles on Thursday. Freiberg is the events manager for Nordic Waffles and was out in the cold enticing people on the mall to buy food at their booth. "The Vikings lost and I really don't care anymore," he said about the Super Bowl being held in Minneapolis, but he added, "it's nice to see everyone come out." 
Volunteers John Severson, left, and Scott Cummings
9 Volunteers John Severson, left, of Plymouth and Scott Cummings, of Roseville, joked that they are enjoying their "volunteering to organize the volunteers" on the Nicollet Mall on Wednesday night. 
Sylis Vang, 8, appreciated the snow as a magical part of the festivities.
10 As snow fell in downtown Minneapolis, Sylis Vang, 8, of St. Paul, appreciated it as a magical a part of the winter festivities. Sylis was too shy to comment, but his mother said the family came to the mall this week because "it's a once in a lifetime experience." 
Marcy Revere, Andy Rigo, and Marcia Urban
11 From left, Marcy Revere, Andy Rigo, and Marcia Urban pose while a Super Bowl volunteer takes their picture Thursday. Revere and Urban, both from Minneapolis, met Rigo, who is from Boston and is going to the game, inside Brit's Pub and wanted to get a photo together. 
Super Bowl volunteers Angie Wlaschin, left, and Rani Karasch
12 Super Bowl volunteers Angie Wlaschin, left, and Rani Karasch pose for a photo on Thursday. While Karasch was too young to remember the 1992 Super Bowl that was played at the Metrodome, Wlaschin was in college in Wisconsin and regrets not coming to Minneapolis to experience it. They both thought it would be fun to get involved for Super Bowl LII, even if it meant being out in the cold. 
Ryder Smak, 4, looks with wide eyes at the tray of waffles.
13 Ryder Smak, 4, looks with wide eyes at the tray of waffles held by Nordic Waffles events manager Kirk Freiberg in front of its food booth on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis Thursday. "Boo Packers, yeah Vikings!" Smak said when asked if he was a football fan. 
Don Do of Woodbury enjoys the snowfall on Nicollet Mall.
14 Don Do of Woodbury was one of many in the crowd on the Nicollet Mall enjoying the snowfall Wednesday night. "It's beautiful tonight", said his wife, Huong. Like many, the couple felt the Super Bowl was an opportunity for a unique experience. 
A man who asked to be called 'The Alaska Bushman' stands for a portrait.
15 A man who asked to be called "The Alaska Bushman" stands for a portrait on Nicollet Mall in his suit made of musk ox qiviut, the soft under layer of the animal's hair in Minneapolis on Friday. He asks for a donation to Healing Hearts of Alaska to pose in photos with people. 
Eight-year-olds Drevaughn, left, and Dontae, right, pose for a picture.
16 Eight-year-olds Drevaughn, left, and Dontae, right, pose for a picture as players from the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at the NFL Experience inside the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday. 
Brian Bushard shows off his Vikings earrings.
17 Vikings season ticket holder Brian Bushard shows off his Vikings earrings as a Green Bay Packers fan lurks behind him at the NFL Experience on Friday. "The only thing I'm not wearing is the face paint," Bushard said. 
Five-year-old Zachary watches a football get made.
18 Five-year-old Zachary watches a football get made inside the NFL Experience on Friday. "I'm having a great time," he said.