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A Survival Guide to the Kentucky Derby
Dress the part: The Derby is a sporting event, sure, but it’s also a fashion showcase of the newest and hippest springtime threads. Though there isn’t a set dress code, be sure to dress according to where you’ll be spending the day, be it in the grandstand, the infield, or elsewhere. Of course, no matter where you plan on landing, big, colorful hats that are visible from outer space are encouraged.
Be on the lookout for celebrities: It all started in 1877, when renowned Polish actress Helena Modjeska attended the third running of the Kentucky Derby. Ever since, the Derby has been a playground for the rich and famous, including professional athletes, movie stars, and even U.S. Presidents.
Have a mint julep: Made from whisky, sugar, water, crushed ice, and sprigs of fresh mint, this refreshing elixir is a tradition at the Kentucky Derby. Each year, more than 120,000 of them are served during Derby weekend, requiring more than 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.
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