Another first-time competitor is the team from Louisiana State University (LSU). They’re not located right in New Orleans, but at only 80 miles or so away, they have a definite home-team feel.
They’re close enough that it didn’t make a lot of sense to use a shipping company to move the hardware to the show. So the team advisor put the cluster into the back of his pickup truck (in a covered camper shell), placed the blades in the back seat, and drove the whole configuration to the event.
There’s a rumor that he may have arranged the gear in such a way as to seal his luggage into the camper for the first night – but that hasn’t been corroborated by a second source, so I won’t say anything about it here.
The LSU team is quite personable; they’re very good representatives of the local area.