canada africa partner reservation The Kentucky Derby is one of the trendiest sporting events. Behold the Splendor – Troy Record

The Kentucky Derby is one of the trendiest sporting events. Behold the Splendor – Troy Record

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A racing fan walks through the stands at Churchill Downs before the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race on Saturday, May 4, 2024 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – No Kentucky Derby look is complete without headwear. Hats or fascinators for women. Hats for men, and not just traditional ones.

People are creating their own statement pieces with the Twin Spiers, horses and even the starting gate at Churchill Downs, which is celebrating the 150th running of the famous race this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Derby was created by Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr., who wanted to bring the class and elegance of European racing to America. The tradition of wearing hats at the Derby began with the first edition in 1875. But in the 1960s they took on a life of their own, becoming larger and more ornate so that the people wearing them could be seen on television.

That also meant nice clothes and shoes. The tradition has never wavered in the history of the Derby and in fact continues to grow. There is a best dressed competition at Churchill Downs and there are three official milliners this year.

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