NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Pelicans introduced their new mascot at their home opener Wednesday.
Pierre the Pelican takes the throne from former New Orleans mascot Hugo the Hornet.
The team changed its name from the Hornets to the Pelicans in the offseason. They also played their first regular season game in the team's new uniforms.
The team kept the announcement secret until the first half of the game.
Introducing your new mascot Pierre the Pelican! pic.twitter.com/CieVTs3sMt— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 31, 2013