NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Thirty years ago today, the Louisiana World Exposition was wrapping up.
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.
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.
A nostalgic crowd will gather Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Plaza at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where a commemorative plaque will be unveiled.
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.
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