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The Kentucky Derby Part 3 - The Hats

Hats have played an important role in the history of horse racing for centuries, dating as far back as the world famous Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom, where it is decreed that “all guests within the Royal Enclosure adhere to a strict dress code: male attendees must wear full morning dress including a top hat, whilst ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and must wear hats”.


It didn't take long for a somewhat less stringent dress code to catch on at the major racetracks in the United States, including Churchill Downs. And on Derby day, hats of all shapes and sizes can be seen both in the infield and on Millionaire's Row. Here are just a few from the silly to the sublime...


 
 


See anything you like?

Thursday we'll be talking about alcohol and chocolate when my Kentucky Derby posts conclude. And don't forget to enter The Kentucky Derby Contest Of Awesome HERE. There are only five days left!

10 comments:

Michael Di Gesu said...

Some pretty interesting hats, Lisa.... What kind were you wearing?

It looks like the weather is cooperating. Have a great time!

Rogue Mutt said...

I'd hate to be behind some of those hats; then I couldn't see the race.

Old Kitty said...

Awww Ladies Day at Ascot! The bigger and more elaborate the hats, the better!! Yay!!

Oh but fun hats are great too! take care
x

Mary Mary said...

I like the red-feathered one, but hey, alcohol and chocolate at the Derby! Now that's worth stopping by!

Su said...

I totally love the hat rule at the Royal Ascot. The hats get as much press as the race. But this is the first time I've seen the Derby hats up close! Cool!

Raquel Byrnes said...

Hats...can't wait until the royal wedding to see what kind of crazy feathered things they don.
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Pk Hrezo said...

Must be so much fun! I'm not much of a better, but I'm sure the experience is a delight! And anywhere I can wear a fancy hat to us right up my alley.

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