Zebras, camels, ostriches, oh my! Exotic animal racing hits the Fairgrounds

Maybe horse racing is just too... normal for New Orleans.

by Mary Staes | January 23, 2019

Maybe horse racing is just too… normal for New Orleans.

Behold, exotic animal racing this weekend at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. By exotic, we mean zebras, camels, and ostriches.

Photo courtesy Hodges Photography

I know, you thought we were kidding. Check out this video of the ostriches racing. It’s everything you wanted, including one of the jockeys taking a small tumble.

According to reports from WDSU and Nola.com, the fairgrounds hosts the event to get people out to the track who normally wouldn’t come to races.

Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., exotic animal races will be mixed in with the horse races. General admission is $5, and clubhouse tickets for adults only are $15.

Click here to purchase tickets, and check out the photo gallery below of pictures you never knew you needed, until now.

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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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