Grand opening ceremony at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at Musicians' Village: Photos

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On Thursday, neighbors, community leaders and an impressive number of celebrities gathered to celebrate the opening of the long-awaited Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a centerpiece of the Musicians' Village Habitat for Humanity neighborhood at Barholomew and Galvez, as well as the dedication of the new Musicians' Village Park. In attendance were Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, the public faces of Musicians' Village; Ellis Marsalis, of course; Ann Marie Wilkins, Connick-Marsalis manager and a driving force behind the project; Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Gov. Bobby Jindal; and Jim Pate of New Orleans Habitat for Humanity.

Photos after the jump.

Something, something Independence Day reference
  • Something, something Independence Day reference


The ribbon-cutting at the park. L to R: Branford Marsalis; Bob Hurwitz, president of Nonesuch Records (a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, which sponsored the development); Mark Kline of New York Life (another sponsor); and Harry Connick, Jr.
  • The ribbon-cutting at the park. L to R: Branford Marsalis; Bob Hurwitz, president of Nonesuch Records (a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, which sponsored the development); Mark Kline of New York Life (another sponsor); and Harry Connick, Jr.


Mayor Mitch Landrieu
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu


If you hope and wish really hard, you can kind of see Landrieu talking to Renee Zellweger in this picture
  • If you hope and wish really hard, you can kind of see Landrieu talking to Renee Zellweger in this picture


Connick performing with his 13-year-old daughter Kate
  • Connick performing with his 13-year-old daughter Kate


Ellis Marsalis
  • Ellis Marsalis


Eleanor McMain High School Choir with director Clyde Lawrence
  • Eleanor McMain High School Choir with director Clyde Lawrence


Gov. Bobby Jindal
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal

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