'The Passion,' live musical event from the streets of New Orleans, to air on national TV on Palm Sunday _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Tyler Perry attends the premiere of 'Selma' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York last year.

“The Passion,” a two-hour live musical event from New Orleans, will air on Fox on Palm Sunday, March 20, Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday.

“The Passion” tells the 2,000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth.

The production will feature a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from Champion Square outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

New Orleans native Tyler Perry will narrate. The special will include a cast of stars (to be announced) performing a variety of popular music.

The special will air from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.