Hey Pelicans! Please Bring Back Mardi Gras Uniforms!
I have a message for the New Orleans Pelicans. It's carnival time. It's also time to bring back the Mardi Gras uniforms.
Too loud? Not a chance. Too bold? No way. This is the New Orleans Pelicans. There isn't a Mardi Gras uniform that could be created and be too bold. There also isn't one already in existence that's too bold either.
Next offseason, the franchise will unveil an additional alternate uniform. It will likely be a heritage uniform. Let's all pray it doesn't mimic the sleeves fad the NBA is currently making a fortune on.
Commissioner Adam Silver has stated he isn't opposed to getting rid of the sleeves, but with the league making profit off it, I fear the heritage Pelicans uni will sport sleeves.
Mardi Gras is all about celebrating what makes Louisiana, Louisiana. It's about separating ourselves from the confines of normalcy. While the rest of the world goes to work on a Tuesday, we'll be enjoying the last day of carnival season.
The Pelicans need to celebrate what makes our culture different and just own it.
Don't mess with something that's already perfect. The New Orleans Hornets Mardi Gras uniforms were imperfectly perfect.
Is that an oxymoron? Yes and no. Is that also an oxymoron? I'll stop now.
The Mardi Gras uniforms are the antithesis of traditional NBA uniforms.
One may argue that the sleeved uniforms are the antithesis, but with most of the league sporting these sleeved monstrosities, that's simply not the case.
When Mardi Gras season rolls around in 2016, I hope to see the New Orleans Pelicans sporting the same Mardi Gras uniforms the New Orleans Hornets did.
One of the many things that makes Mardi Gras great is its changeless nature. All of us in Louisiana know the parades will roll each year.
Do new krewes come along from time to time? Of course. New krewes will come and go, à la basketball jerseys with sleeves. But the core of Mardi Gras will always remain the same.
In closing, I ask the Pelicans to do the right thing. Next year, when unveiling your second alternate uniform (the red unis are the first alternate), keep it simple. Bring back the Mardi Gras uniforms, and let us all celebrate carnival season by wearing these beauties along every parade route in Louisiana.