Destinations, Outdoor Recreation

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

You read right. A jockey on an ostrich.

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, 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.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Getting there
1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 9am–12am
Sun 10am–12am
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