Organizers on Saturday kicked off a series of events to welcome the Dalai Lama to New Orleans.
The spiritual leader is scheduled to be in the city May 16-18.
Organizers called the preparation day 'Tibetan Prayer Flag Day,' displaying the colorful flags which they said are symbols of peace, and encouraging New Orleanians to display their own over the next month.
Flags will also be displayed at major intersections throughout the city leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Tulane University next month.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond and other religious and city leaders took part in the Tibetan Prayer Flag Day.
More than 60 events will be part of the Dalai Lama's visit to New Orleans in May, ranging from a film series and lectures to group yoga classes.
One of the highlights is the creation of a sand mandala, a painting with colored sand, to be displayed at the Morial Convention Center May 14 through 17.
Tulane University's School of Social Work is organizing the events.