Who is Seymore D’ Fair?
Seymore D’Fair (a.k.a. Seymour D. Fair) is a funny cartoon and costume character who was the official mascot of the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. His witty name is derived from the N’Awlins “Yat” phrase, “See more of the fair.” A cartoon character created by Robert Whitney along with Gary Goddard, celebrated theme park and Walt Disney costume designer, Seymore is not your ordinary cartoon and mascot character. He has the unique distinction of being the world’s first-ever character mascot in the history of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) World’s Fairs and Expositions (circa 1851).
WORLD’S ‘FIRST-EVER’ WORLD EXPOSITION CHARACTER MASCOT …!
A Worldly Pelican!
From Los Angeles to New York to Paris and London, Seymore performed on the world stage promoting the New Orleans world’s fair. Back home in the Big Easy he and his best friend, Pepé la Gator, entertained more than 7,000,000 visitors, bringing smiles and laughter to all who experienced their magnanimous personalities.
Seymore had many notable moments during his reign, including promotional tours throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Once, while in France, Seymore was escorted out of the Louvre for being too “spectacular.” During the 1984 Republican National Convention, he made a big splash rubbing feathers on stage with the likes of George H. W. Bush, vice president of the United States. Back in Washington D.C., Seymore hung out with Billy Joel at the White House, entertaining wives of Russian diplomats.
Performing in hundreds of live appearances, programs and television shows, Seymore even appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” filmed guarding an entrance to the White House with Secret Service Agents.
Local, National and International Recognition
Seymore’s magical and whimsical personality contributed greatly to his becoming the most recognizable world's fair mascot in the modern age of international expositions and world’s fairs. As a result, he has garnered numerous honors and special recognition on the local, state, national and international levels.
Seymore’s exemplary contributions to Louisiana and world expositions earned him an exhibition and induction into the Louisiana State Museum, the Smithsonian Institute-National Museum of American History, as well as being appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the state of Louisiana.
Looking forward, Seymore will be inducted into the World Expo Museum, the first museum dedicated to world expos, located in Shanghai, China..