National Chicken Boy Day on September 1 celebrates the statue of Chicken Boy, a man with a chicken head. Located on Avenue 56 at the top of Future Studio, Chicken Boy has been a prominent fixture for ten years and counting. Standing at 22 feet tall and holding a bucket of chicken, Chicken Boy was originally a promotion for a fast food restaurant based in Los Angeles.
History of Chicken Boy Day
Amy Inouye and Chicken Boy are a modern-day love story. When the artist moved to Los Angeles around 40 years ago, one of the first things she saw was the statue of Chicken Boy. A promotional gimmick for a fast food restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, the mascot was designed and named after the 1960s Chicken Boy Restaurant. The iconic figure remained at the restaurant until 1984 when the owner of the place died. When Inouye inquired about the statue, the restaurant owners said she could take it if she liked, and so she did.
For about 20 years, the statue remained in storage, after which Inouye decided to display Chicken Boy on top of her art studio located in Highland Park. The local community assisted in restoring Chicken Boy. Part of the reason for installing Chicken Boy in her studio was to supplement the catalog of chicken-related novelty items that Inouye had collected over the years and offered for purchase. These items are available at a mini-museum for all Chicken Boy fans to see.
With a chicken head and bucket of chicken in his hands, the statue of Chicken Boy is made of fiberglass and stands 22 feet tall. He is jokingly referred to as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles,” and is a must-see for all along Route 66.
Chicken Boy Day timeline
Chicken Boy restaurant launches, with Chicken Boy as their representative figure.
The owner of Chicken Boy restaurant passes away.
Chicken Boy is featured in his own movie “Chicken Boy: The Movie.”
After being cooped up for 20 years, Amy Inouye reinstalls Chicken Boy in her art studio.
Chicken Boy Day FAQs
How old is Chickenboy?
The Chicken Boy statue was originally built sometime in the 1960s, making the figure at least 60 years old.
Is chicken a male?
Both male and female chickens are used in the meat industry, but only hens are able to lay eggs for human consumption.
What is national Chickenboy day?
Chicken Boy Day is celebrated annually on September 1.
How To Celebrate Chicken Boy Day
See Chicken Boy
Take a trip to North Figueroa Street in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles, and see Chicken Boy in all his glory!
Watch “Chicken Boy: The Move”
The movie is about Chicken Boy and his search for the meaning of life. Delightfully corny, the movie is great for a few laughs.
Do the chicken dance
It’s Chicken Boy Day! What better way to celebrate than by doing the chicken dance?
5 Fun Facts About Chicken Boy
Revered among customized restaurant statues
Chicken Boy is ranked among the best restaurant statues of all time, including Ronald McDonald.
The Chicken Boy museum
The Chicken Boy museum has thousands of chicken items that art director Amy Inouye has collected over the years, including a chicken Elvis!
Los Angeles’ very own
Chicken Boy is popularly known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.”
He has his own song!
Chicken Boy has his own song, “The Chicken Boy Polka” by Those Darn Accordions.
“Chicken Boy: The Movie”
Chicken Boy may as well get his own Hollywood star, for the iconic film “Chicken Boy: The Movie,” and receiving several awards.
Why We Love Chicken Boy Day
An interesting story
It is incredible how things around us have a story. Who would have thought Chicken Boy will become the popular icon it is today? Next time you see a local restaurant mascot, you may be looking at the next Chicken Boy!
The making of a franchise
Even though Chicken Boy already started as a franchise, Amy Inouye successfully branched out to chicken novelty items and a tourist attraction. An all-around success story and an inspiration for all!
We just love Chicken Boy!
How can we not? We at National Today just love Chicken Boy! A holiday well deserved!
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