Thanksgiving at the Races

My childhood Thanksgivings in New Orleans were a typical US Turkey Day. The family (about 20-25 people) gathered at my parent’s house for a feast, caught up and said our thanks. The meal was your usual roast turkey with sides like cornbread and sausage stuffingoyster dressing and sweet potato casserole with pecans. Unlike today, everyone seemed to live close by and it was easy to gather.

My generation has spread out over the years from Texas to Maryland so our traditions have evolved. During my college years I stopped coming home for Thanksgiving (it seemed silly since we would be there 1 month later for Christmas) and started going to all sorts of places from Mohonk Mountain House to Callaway Gardens to the Bahamas. With the arrival of kids we started our latest tradition of going to the New Orleans Fairgrounds for opening day at the race track.

Before heading out we make our own fascinator. It started out just for the ladies but then we thought why not make boutonnières for the men. My girls love seeing the horses in the paddock, placing their bets with dad before heading to the rail for the first race of the season. After hopefully collecting our winnings we find our table in the club house and enjoy the day with a Thanksgiving buffet with all the fixings.

One constant throughout the years has been watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I know that I will be on the couch with my family Thursday morning eating breakfast, watching the floats roll down Broadway wondering what kind of crazy names will be in the racetrack program this year.

We certainly have a lot to be thankful for and it is always great to take a moment to remember. Share your thanks and let us know what you are thankful for this year. Happy Turkey day to all of our amazing customers.  WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU!

Little Travelers

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