New uniforms to be worn annually during Mardi Gras season

November 18, 2009

Hornets players Julian Wright and Darren Collison will debut the Hornets new commemorative Mardi Gras uniforms on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place.) The event is free and open to the public to attend.

The uniforms will be worn annually during the Mardi Gras season and will feature designs inspired by the city of New Orleans and the Carnival tradition.

The Mardi Gras celebration is one of the most elaborate and important traditions to our hometown of New Orleans, and we want to recognize and celebrate this special time of year with new Mardi Gras uniforms on the court, said Hornets Owner George Shinn. We are excited to begin this annual celebration and remain committed to incorporating our Hornets family into the fabric of New Orleans traditions.

The Hornets Mardi Gras uniforms were designed by adidas based on the template used for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game as a way to forever honor New Orleans as host to the NBAs annual weekend extravaganza. The most obvious reference to Mardi Gras includes the tri-color scheme with purple displayed on the front, gold on the sides and green on the back of the uniforms. The famous Mardi Gras traditionbeadscreate the trim lining the uniforms. The word-mark NOLA is emblazoned on the front of the jerseys honoring the Hornets hometown and host city of the amazing Carnival celebration. Wrought iron designs are also incorporated throughout the uniform, adding flare and recognition for the historic New Orleans architecture. The Hornets Fleur-de-Bee logo is placed on the back center of the neck of the jersey and leg of the short.

The Hornets will wear the Mardi Gras uniforms four times this season including home games on Friday, Feb. 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers and Wednesday, Feb. 10 against the Boston Celtics. The Hornets will sport the uniforms on the road on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Charlotte Bobcats and on Monday, Feb. 8 at the Orlando Magic.

Fans had the first chance to purchase Hornets Mardi Gras merchandise at the event including jerseys, hats, T-shirts and other accessories. A commemorative print titled Krewe of Hornets honoring this occasion was also unveiled at the event, created by local New Orleans artist Tuna. This merchandise will also be sold at the adidas Hornets Nest team store at the New Orleans Arena.

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