NEW ORLEANS – Mark your calendars for November 7, 2014 and head to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World’s Fair. At 5:00 p.m., a large bronze plaque celebrating the Exposition will be unveiled at the corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Boulevard, the heart of the fair site.
Thirty years ago today, the Louisiana World Exposition was wrapping up with just days to go before closing. Fondly known as the 1984 World’s Fair, it occurred from May 12 through November 11, 1984 and was the catalyst for revitalizing 82 acres of the warehouse district and opening up the Mississippi River to the public.
Before it became the official New Orleans Morial Convention Center, the building was first used as the Great Hall of the World’s Fair. Those who gather will be reliving memories that include the Wonderwall, the gondola, the space shuttle Enterprise exhibit, the riverfront amphitheater, the synchronized swimmers at the Aquacade, the Vatican exhibit, the Italian Village, the Kid Wash, partying on Fulton Street, and visiting the many pavilions from around the world.
Three decades later, the Fair’s long-term residual benefits are evident in the vibrant warehouse district and CBD, the blossoming of residential development, an expanded convention center, and public access to the riverfront and visitor amenities. New Orleans citizens still fondly remember the fair, and elements of it can be seen throughout the city in yards, photos, and as décor on public buildings.
The nostalgic crowd will gather Friday, November 7 at 5 p.m. at the Plaza at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the beautiful commemorative plaque will be unveiled. (Corner of Julia and Convention Center Boulevard)
Following the dedication, a second line will proceed to the food court at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk for a 30th reunion of former employees, contractors, exhibitors, concessionaires, performers, and lovers of the 1984 World’s Fair.
Parking is discounted to $5 in the Hilton surface lot with voucher provided at event.