The Kentucky Derby (Run for the Roses) is this weekend...so time is getting close.
Since you all love pretty hats, I think you will like this post. I have included the song that everyone sings just prior to the running of the Derby. It brings tears to the eyes of Kentuckians! Sentimental ones!
If you are in the Louisville area...the festivities have already begun. Parade. Air show. Hot air balloon race. And more. Derby week is a fun time for family fun.
If you are not in the Louisville area...you can still enjoy the Derby by creating your own festivities at home or with a group of friends. The race is televised so lots of folks plan parties around the race.
You can make a pretty hat if you are crafty.
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I suggest that if you have a party at your home, or even if you are a guest at a party, be sure to wear a pretty hat! Ask all of the ladies to join in. It makes it so much more fun.
This is the one day when ladies and movie stars alike love to sport a very feminine hat.
Lots of care is taken in matching an outfit and hat. As to which comes first...that is up to you. Some like to find a nice hat the week after Derby, when they can nab a beautiful hat with a lower price tag. Believe me...the sky is the limit with these gorgeous hats. They can begin at around one hundred dollars and go up to several hundred dollars.
|Here is an example of a very simple, yet very elegant hat.|
But, if you are crafty, you can actually purchase a simple hat...and add flowers, netting, and ribbons...to create your own custom chapeau. This can still add up to many dollars...but a fun project.
You can go online to see many examples of Ky Derby hats to figure out what you like. One of my favorite things is to "hat" watch. I love seeing the fashions on Oaks Day and Derby Day. The Oaks is run on Friday before the Derby on Saturday. The Oaks day usually has a pink theme and offers a time during the day for cancer survivors to walk the race.
I think this young lady has a wonderful look, sporting her small red hat. In the background you can see the gent's look, with a matching red bow tie.
And for the younger set...they often party in the "infield." We did the infield once...when in grad school at the University of Louisville. Never again for me. I am too old. It is for the younger crowd! Ha! :-)
In the world of sports, there is not a more moving moment than the one when the horses step onto the track for the Kentucky Derby post parade and the University of Louisville band strikes up "My Old Kentucky Home". Print off copies of the lyrics below, so your guests can sing
|Federal Hill (My Old Ky Home) Bardstown, KY|
The three Thoroughbred races that make up the Triple Crown will be televised:
Visit this link to learn about this years horses and other bits of information.
Kentucky Derby Website: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/
Party Planning http://www.kentuckyderby.com/party/plan-your-party
More Hats...on Garden and Gun Magazine.