Pelicans it is.
The New Orleans Hornets officially announced the adoption of the “Pelicans” nickname on Thursday.
The nickname switch, first reported back in December, will occur following the 2012-13 season and will be accompanied by a red, blue and gold color scheme that will replace the current teal, purple and blue design. New jersey designs will be released “in the coming months,” according to a team press release.
Louisiana is known as the “Pelican State.” The brown pelican is the state bird and it adorns both the state flag and state seal. New Orleans also had a Double A minor league baseball known as the Pelicans for more than 70 years.