New Orleans will host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, Sunday, February 19 (yay!) You may have also noticed that’s the first major parade weekend during Mardi Gras. St. Charles Avenue will be filled with revelers as the krewes of Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Alla roll back-to-back, winding down at the Smoothie King Center…where the game will be taking place.
This marks the third time New Orleans, which became an NBA city for the second time in 2002, has been selected to host the league’s All-Star Game.
“The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver have sent a clear message to lawmakers in North Carolina and across the country that discrimination against LGBTQ people has consequences and will not be tolerated,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “New Orleans’ explicit LGBTQ non-discrimination protections will ensure all NBA employees, players, and fans who participate in the All-Star Game are protected from discrimination.”
The All-star Game is scheduled for Feb. 19, which falls during the first weekend of Mardi Gras parades. That weekend presents some logistical challenges for New Orleans in terms of policing and traffic control, but considerably less so than the following weekend, when the largest parades roll in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday, which is Feb. 28.
New Orleans is going to have a sold-out city. Contact your Local Travel Agent . This is a HUGE move for the city of New Orleans. In addition to the game, the Smoothie King Center will host the Rising Stars Challenge on February 17 and All-Star Saturday Night on February 18 while the NBA All-Star Practice, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA Development League All-Star Game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.