A circular stage in the middle of the ballroom at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will soon provide the dramatic focal point for the Gala Celebration entertainment program. Committee Chairs from USA Hosts New Orleans designed and produced the event.
Act 1 offers a poignant review of the pain of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 for New Orleans; the trio Bella Rouge sings "Amazing Grace" in French and English
The Joyful! Gospel Singers fill the ballroom with stirring hymns.
Local string quartet Virtuosa heralds the "rebirth" section of the program.
Louisiana native Amanda Shaw, only 18, dazzles with Cajun fiddle music.
The duo known as Black Violin segue from classical music to pulsing hip-hop.
In the "renewal" segment, soulful songbird Ingrid Lucia heats up the stage.
The artists from Pendulum Dance Theatre perform an aerial pas de deux.
The pulsing beat from the New Orleans Hornets Drumline electrifies the audience.
Kappa Alpha Psi performers display their range of talents, from romantic songs to their sweethearts to a driving "cane stepping" routine.
Sweet and saucy members of the New Orleans Hornets Honeybees launch the "celebration" segment, dancing up the aisles and onto the stage.
The appreciative audience can't stay in their seats.
At the after-party, the champagne chandelier performer from Champagne Creative Group pours it on for delighted drinkers.
Confetti cannons from Flutter Fetti herald the finale.