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By Brooke Sassman

The recent launch of the new and improved TODAY Show plaza had fans of all ages excited to be cheering on the anchors of Studio 1A. 

TODAY's youngest fan was all smiles for a fun (but very cold) family outing! 

Savannah and Natalie met their twins between takes. 

The party doesn't stop! Mardi Gras was the perfect excuse for a little more celebration on the plaza. 

Surprisingly, the holiday has always been one of the most memorable for Hoda! 

The crowd cheered as she announced that two lucky fans would get the chance to go backstage

Detroit natives Ann and Joan Connally were ecstatic to see the show from the control room, which Hoda explained as the "heartbeat of the TODAY Show." 

But no one was happier than future TODAY host Will, who received a mug autographed by the anchors.