NEW ORLEANS — Saying a string of events starting with a big New Year's Eve party in the French Quarter and capped with the BCS championship game in the Superdome dumped $500 million into the New Orleans economy and demonstrated the city's ability to handle big events.

That was the word from a beaming Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday.

Landrieu says the events, which included the Sugar Bowl and an NFL playoff game for the Saints, drew over 300,000 people during the 10-day period, filling hotels, restaurants and shops, while causing few problems.

Officials say even the trash tossed around by all those people — 60,000 pounds of it — was picked up quickly, giving tourists clean streets every morning.