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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


Ostriches and Camels at Quarter Horse Races


It’s time to place your bets. The Fair Grounds are preparing for their fifth Annual Quarter Horse race, and they’re making this year extra special by bringing ostriches and camels into the mix . The twelve-day meet opened yesterday, August 15, with over 120 total races planned for the entire event, and admission to bet on the tiny horses is free.  

 

Quarter Horses look like ponies at first glance, but they’re actually unique breed that specializes in sprinting short distances. If you made it to last year’s races, you may remember Ms. Jingles. She’ll be back this year with her trainer, Frank Cavazos, competing against the Fair Grounds’ two-time defending champion Kenny Roberts Sr. All the family fun is free until Saturday.

 

The only day that organizers ask you to pay up is August 18, the special day when they race the mascots and bring out the new mascots. In addition to the ostriches, Hotel Monteleone’s Monty The Lion has been toying with the idea of making an appearance. “Tails & Ales,” is happening in conjunction with the ostrich racing, with participants such as Abita, Bayou Teche, Blue Moon, Covington Brewhouse, Tin Roof, Lazy Magnolia, and many more. Admission is $10, but children 12 and under get in for free.

 

The Fair Grounds wants to keep the admission price low, Mulvihill said, so that families can enjoy the races together. “It’s our first time doing it, and it was really conceived as a family-friendly night at the track. We kept the admission prices low so that families could have an affordable night out,” Mulvihill said.

 

Although track goers are forbidden from betting on the new additions to the track, Fair Grounds Analyst Jim Mulvihill said that people can still have fun from the sidelines. “There’s no wagering on the camel or ostrich races, but friends can make friendly $5 wagers between themselves, the same way they bet on football,” Mulvihill said.

 




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