NORD Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Inaugural Alumni Picnic and Other Community Events

Data News Staff Edited Report

Recently, the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) Commission hosted its Inaugural Alumni Picnic as part of a year-long celebration commemorating NORD’s 75th Anniversary. Last year the agency announced its plans to celebrate 75 years during the renaming celebration of Behrman Park to the Morris F.X. Jeff Sr. Park. The alumni picnic took place Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd. The picnic was an opportunity for past and current participants, volunteers, employees, and supporters to come out and celebrate NORD’s impact on community and recreation in the City of New Orleans.

The picnic included competitive games and relays, bounce houses, live performances by NORD Senior Choir, T-Ray the Violinist, Lil Prince Charming, 7th Ward Shorty, Assata Renay, Partners-N-Crime (PNC), and DJ Jubilee. There were food trucks including food vendor BBBC Cooking, and Snowball Jubilee, as well as outdoor programming, and a live activation hosted by the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. The event was sponsored by Wright Gray Trial Lawyers and was free to the public.

Other 75th Anniversary events include NORD’s 2nd Annual Race of Champions, and Wrap Soiree, all of which will take place throughout the year and are open to the public. Proceeds from NORD anniversary events go directly to the NORD Foundation, benefiting NORD programming. NORD also launched a webpage where residents may sign up for newsletter updates, shop the 75th Anniversary Collection of memorabilia, shop park, and playground t-shirts, and view a photo journey of NORD from 1947-today.

“The evolution of NORD over 75 years from a recreational outlet to now also being an essential arm for the city in post-disaster recovery and the Pandemic is outstanding. It contributes to our vision to be a sustainable and innovative organization that transforms lives,” said Larry Barabino, Jr., NORD CEO. “I look forward to having our residents participate in all of the activities NORD is hosting to commemorate 75 years, and I cannot wait to see what the next 75 years entail.”

For more information on NORD 75th Anniversary events or NORD programming, please visit or contact (504) 658-3052.

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