NBA fans expect to have a safe and family-friendly time, excluding maybe a couple of drunk fans yelling profanities, when they are going out to watch a professional basketball game. This is not the case in New Orleans where their NBA team, the Pelicans, seem to want to terrorize the dreams of many young fans.
Seemingly taking a page out of the marketing strategy of Burger King, with their creepy King mascot, the New Orleans Pelicans came up with Pierre the Pelican. Pierre the Pelican, seen in the picture above, was so nightmare inducing that they had to give his face reconstructive surgery.
Not only do they have a terrible name, the Pelicans, and a possible child-eating monster in Pierre the Pelican, but now it seems as if they have released a monstrosity that could rival Godzilla. Or, better yet, something that could only be summoned from the depths of hell itself. Everyone, welcome the most terrifying mascot in existence, the King Cake Baby!
So now I know what the Burger King mascot has nightmares about. Kami Mattioli of Sporting News explains it’s born out of a New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, “For those not in the know, King Cake is a ring-shaped doughy cake that’s commonly associated with Mardi Gras. The baker hides a plastic baby inside the cake and whoever finds it in their slice either receives good luck, gets pregnant or has to bake next year’s cake, depending on how you opt to interpret the process.”
Even though the King Cake Baby is apparently a New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, there still is no real reason why this creature should exist. So that begs the question, what the f–k New Orleans Pelicans? You can check out pictures of the King Cake Baby below, but please remember that once you see it there is no unseeing it. Oh, there is also the possibility that he might come to your house and kill you… just a fair warning.