From Walhalla to Wadmalum Island in South Carolina. From Flat Rock to Bayou La Batre in Alabama.

And even Denham Springs plus points in between.

Clemson and Alabama fans were descending on New Orleans in force Saturday, overflowing the French Quarter and discovering other parts of the city while counting down for New Year's Eve and then Monday’s College Football Playoff game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

When the line for beignets at Café du Monde stretches beyond the Moonwalk, you know there are lots of folks in town.

Monday’s game, which pits the Tigers and the Crimson Tide in the playoffs for the third straight year (the two split the past two championship games), has long been declared a sellout.

But there are thousands of fans in the city without tickets as well as many who will depart before the game. Still, hotel occupancy is 96 percent.

It didn’t take postcard-perfect weather Saturday (beware of it turning cold by game time) to put everyone in a good mood.

“This is my favorite city in the world,” said Chris Phillips of Seneca, South Carolina, the next town over from Clemson in the northwest corner of the Palmetto State. “It’s just the vibe, the people, the music, the food.

“It’s the whole attitude of being in Louisiana. I was here for a conference in July, and when we checked out, I told the lady we’d be back in December, and here we are.”

Indeed, they and the rest of Tiger Nation are.

In force.

When the CFP selection committee made Clemson the No. 1 seed and Alabama No. 4, there were concerns that the Tide’s closer proximity to New Orleans would mean Tigers fans would be greatly outnumbered in the Superdome on Monday.

Also, because the Jan. 8 championship game is in Atlanta, the speculation was that some on both sides would save their money for that contest.

That remains to be seen. Clemson dominated the turnout at last year’s title game in Tampa, Florida, despite Alabama fans’ reputation for finding ways to obtain tickets.

And if displaying school colors is any indication, Clemson fans in their orange and purple were certainly dominant Saturday.

“We’ll follow the Tigers everywhere,” Phillips said. “I guess the Alabama folks are coming in later.”

Among the outnumbered Alabama fans Saturday was Ken Harris. He’s used to it, though, because he lives in Denham Springs.

At least Harris wasn’t getting the kind of negative reactions he receives when he’s wearing his Crimson Tide gear around home.

“I feel a lot safer here,” said Harris, who attended the Allstate Fan Fest next to Jax Brewery with his girlfriend, Kristen Jones. “One guy in Baton Rouge threatened to shoot me.

“I don’t think Clemson fans would do anything like that.”

Clemson fans are peaceful — and creative, too, certainly more so than Alabama fans, many of whom prefer the classic Crimson Tide look.

Laura Wilhoite of Statesboro, Georgia, in town with her husband, Arnie, was wearing a "Cat in the Hat"-themed shirt that said, “I will support Clemson here. I will support Clemson there. I will support Clemson anywhere.”

They’ve done that, attending last year’s semifinal game in Phoenix, although they didn’t make the championship game in Tampa.

The Wilhoites, whose daughter and son-in-law are Clemson graduates, are members of IPTAY (I Pay Ten A Year), the 17,000-member support group that sets the standard for grassroots involvement.

“New Orleans is a beautiful place to come to,” Laura Wilhoite said as she and her husband stood at the entrance to Jackson Square. “The history, the food and the music are something you can’t find anywhere else.”

Wilhoite did have one problem. She doesn’t think Clemson gets the respect a true rival deserves, especially because the Tigers won last year’s game 35-31 on a last-second touchdown.

“I think they look on us as an academic school,” she said. “And because we’re in the ACC, they think of us being in a basketball conference.

“I guess we’ve got to beat them again to change that.”

Actually, there is a rivalry between the two schools, which are 325 miles apart and separated by Georgia. But so far, it’s a cordial one.

“It’s not like Auburn fans,” said Alabama fan Debbie Brown of Panama City Beach, Florida. “They have no class. Clemson fans know how to enjoy themselves, but they’re also friendly.”

Also, there’s a hint of envy by Alabama fans about Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who is a Birmingham native and was a wide receiver on the Tide’s national championship team of a quarter-century ago which won the title by beating Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl.

“We really like their coach,” said Alabama fan Donna McLaughlin of Florence, Alabama. “But we’re not trying to run Coach (Nick) Saban off. We’ve won four of the last nine championships, and this would make it five out of 10.”

Alabama fans, like McLaughlin and her husband, Bill, know New Orleans well. This is the Crimson Tide’s 16th Sugar Bowl, more than any other school. Alabama also plays at LSU every other year, and many fans prefer staying in New Orleans over Baton Rouge.

Clemson's only other Sugar Bowl appearance was a 7-0 loss to LSU in the 1959 game. The Tigers did play Tulane in 1981, winning 13-5 in what turned out to be a national championship year.

For many Clemson fans then, that’s made this a destination trip along with a football one.

Carolyn Bell of Lakewater, South Carolina, hadn’t been to New Orleans since that Tulane game in the Superdome.

Bell — along with her husband, Chuck — was in full Clemson regalia Saturday, wearing a Tigers-themed dress accessorized by orange and purple boots, earrings and other items. She even hinted she had on Clemson underwear as well.

“We had beignets No. 1 on our list,” Carolyn Bell said. “And then we’re going to see a lot of shops here in the French Quarter and be out on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve made all of the bowl trips the last few years and go to two away games during the regular season every year. There’s so much to do here, and you don’t need a car.”

For some, the trip has special meaning.

Darrell and Sharon Blanton, natives of Monroeville, Alabama, now living in Jacksonville, Florida, will be at their first Sugar Bowl since 1978, when the Tide beat Penn State for the national title.

The trip was a Christmas gift from their daughter, Leah Nichols, whom the Blantons have been assisting by taking over the landscaping business owned by their son-in-law who was killed in a work-related accident last year.

“I’ve been cutting grass for a year and giving her all the money,” Darrell Blanton said. “So she’s sort of paying me back.

“We’ve got friends here from Monroeville we’re having dinner with on New Year’s Eve, and then we’re going to the game Monday. I couldn’t think of a better surprise.”

Not everybody in the Jackson Square area was a Clemson or Alabama fan.

One could see folks in Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan and Tennessee gear in less than an hour around Jackson Square.

Brendon Gay of Baton Rouge even risked being ragged on by Alabama fans by wearing an LSU sweatshirt.

“I’m getting a lot of ‘Roll Tides,’ ” Gay said. “I wish LSU was here, because the bowl we’re in seems pretty insignificant.”

Gay added that he was pulling for Clemson.

“I just can’t root for Alabama,” he said. “Clemson’s the Tigers, too, so they’re my team.”

And no matter whom you root for, everybody was in a good mood Saturday.

“This is the way it should be,” Bob McLaughlin said, “We’ve got great fans and they’ve got great fans, even though I don’t think they’re as used to it as we are.

“We both want to be in Atlanta next week. But I don’t think you can have as much fun there as we’re having here.”

Maybe that’s why Opp, Alabama, and Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, are a little depopulated this weekend.