New Orleans, Louisiana: Boy and the Boot (race track)

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Address:
1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Directions:
At the Fair Grounds Race Course. I-610 exit at St. Bernard Ave. and turn right. Turn right at Gentilly Blvd; Fair Grounds is about a half-mile mile ahead on the right. Park in the lot, then walk outside between the enclosed grandstand and the track. The statue is at the far (west) end of the grandstand.
Admission:
Free
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Boy with the Boot.

Boy and the Boot (race track)

Fountain of a boy holding a dribbling boot is a relatively overlooked feature at a horse racing track.

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Boy and the Boot Statue

I'm originally from Houlton, ME so I've been familiar with the Boy and the Boot statue for all of my life. The last few years I've lived in New Orleans and have stumbled across yet another one of these famous statues. The one in New Orleans stands at the horse racing track otherwise known as "the fairgrounds," where the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival occurs every Spring. The Boy continues to appear in the strangest of places...

[Justin Gricus, 08/11/2004]

As with all Boy and the Boot statues, this one's origins are obscure. He's probably been here since the race course was rebuilt the late 1940s. But it was only recently that his fountain was restored -- thanks to a solar power generator -- so his leaky book leaks again!


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