Before The Awful Pelicans Mascot, The New Orleans Hornets Had This Terrifying Giant Baby At Games

Before The Awful Pelicans Mascot, The New Orleans Hornets Had This Terrifying Giant Baby At Games
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It’s like New Orleans has a monopoly on creepy, nightmarish mascots. The first edition of Pierre the Pelican is getting a reboot because his face is violently scary.

But there is a seasonal mascot which the formerly-known-as Hornets would break out at home games around Mardi Gras. Meet King Cake Baby. The enormous infant is a massive representation of a symbolic tradition embedding a tiny figurine of a baby inside or underneath a cake to give many several ceremonial privileges/responsibilities to the person who gets that piece of cake.

For home games during Mardi Gras the New Orleans basketball team would unveil three additional mascots: King, Jester and King Cake Baby. The Pelicans only have two home games during Mardi Gras this year, on February 19 and 24 against the Knicks and Clippers.

If there is ever a time to watch basketball with a little sibling and tell them a scary origin story for each mascot, those would be the nights.

H/T: Deadspin, Top Photo Credit: Twitter

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