Those of us who live in Cincinnati have gotten used to the fact that we live with flying pigs. With a wink and a nod when people ask, "You're from Cincinnati? Isn't that where I read about (saw) the flying pigs?" we say, "Sure enough! That's us!"
We have flying pigs all over the place. The first flying pig arrived in 1988 as part of the artwork at Sawyer Point on the Ohio River in celebration of the city's bicentennial. There was a huge debate about this symbol for our city with arguments pro and con as city council members donned pig noses to engage in the debate. Eventually, the pigs won and four flying pigs top the artwork of riverboat smokestacks at the park.
But, artwork of four flying pigs on the riverbank wasn't enough for us. We had begun to grow fond of our fame in connection with flying pigs, so, in the summer of 2000 we had a flying pig decorating contest. Flying pigs suddenly appeared on almost every street corner and in almost every lobby; they can still be found there.
The one above is proudly displayed in the Delta Terminal at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Click here for Google's list of pictures of Cincinnati's flying pigs. There are thousands of pictures so I guess plenty of people thought them important enough to capture on film or disk.
There is a great time line and funny history of Cincinnati Flying Pigs here.
The quick answer to the flying pigs in Cincinnati, though, is that they are the pigs' spirits flying to heaven from the slaughter houses in Cincinnati when Cincinnati was just developing into a city. Other businesses grew around the pig slaughterhouse business including meat packing companies and the famous Procter & Gamble. Those slaughter houses also earned us the nickname "Porkopolis."
So, if you don't already live in Cincinnati and/or know the story of the flying pigs, you now know some very important information about our glorious city. *chuckles* (Yes, we find the flying pig thing funny, too.)