Thanksgiving means a day at the race track for thousands of New Orleanians

Thanksgiving means a day at the race track for thousands of New Orleanians
Updated: Nov. 23, 2017 at 2:45 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - For many New Orleanians, Thanksgiving means a day at the race track.

"You never pass up a chance to dress up a little bit around here," said Mikey Corcoran of New Orleans.

From the hats, "a lot of hot glue, some dollar store horses and yeah that turkey that we found at one of our local retailers, lots of hard work," said Jamie Kertis of Mobile.

To the horses, "having a great time, not winning yet but hopefully on the next race we will win something," said Amy Corcoran of New Orleans.

The New Orleans tradition at the Fairgrounds is once again a big hit.

"I think this is the 146th year that this happens and like you said it's a New Orleans tradition you know, we will feed close to 10-thousand people today and it's just an amazing event," said New Orleans Fairgrounds President, Doug Shipley. "A lot of phenomenal outfits, some great hats and just a lot of interesting characters, it's New Orleans, it's cool."

And, if betting on the ponies isn't your thing, you can just sit back, enjoy the people watching, the drinks, and of course one nice Thanksgiving spread.

"I'm just having a great time, the hats are amazing, there's so many creative hats out there too," said Steve Ledebur of New Orleans.

While it's an annual event that keeps many coming back year after year, "we've done this for four years now as a family event,we're from Mobile so we come on over and enjoy the Thanksgiving celebration this way," said Daniel Kertis of Mobile.

Others are enjoying their first time at the Fairgrounds.

"This is actually our first year, we've been meaning to come for quite a while and we were free today," said Kitty Jensen of New Orleans.

We're told the Thanksgiving party at the Fairgrounds has been sold out for months now.

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