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Do You Remember the 1984 World’s Fair? Even THIS Statue Has a Story

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Can you believe it’s been 30 years since the 1984 World’s Fair took place in New Orleans?

It’s legacy can be seen all along the Mississippi River.

The Ernest Morial Convention Center was built for the World’s Fair, the infrastructure of the Warehouse District, and a statue that now sits outside of Mardi Gras World are a few traces from the World’s Fair that remain.

The statue of Neptune was designed by Blaine Kern Studios to stand at the entrance of Bridge Gate.  Neptune was at the entrance with a mermaid and alligators for the World’s Fair, which lasted 6 months.   Neptune is the Roman God of freshwater and the sea.

30 years later, the bust of Neptune still stirs up memories for Mark Romig, CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

“Every time I drive by, I think of the World’s Fair and the wonderful memories I had working for it,”  Romig said.

As much as locals loved the World’s Fair, the Fair had low attendance and filed for bankruptcy.