Thursday , Nov , 19 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets Unveil Mardi Gras Uniforms

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 NBA’s 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 tradition—beads—create 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.