Ok, so maybe they don’t have to wear them(so to speak), but 99% of the female crowd that will visit the Derby each year will come with the biggest and wackiest hats they can find. Why? Because it’s tradition. They will also stand out from the majority of the crowd if they don’t wear one. This is typically NOT a good thing either.
You see, for over a century now, the Kentucky Derby festival every May has attracted the creme de la creme. From celebrities and rock stars, to football players and US presidents, the Derby has managed to find its way into the hearts and souls of every passionate horse racing fanatic. For weeks and days leading up to the festival, hungry punters will place a bet on Kentucky derby online or in a physical shop, so that when the actual races come around, they can enjoy the day without having to put any bets on.
The derby is also known as the Run for the Roses and this parlays to the fashionable hat wearing ladies that descend on the Churchill Downs race course. In fact, there are over 150,000 people on average every year turning up for the festival in Louisville.
Ladies that turn up without a hat of some sort will definitely get a few inquisitive looks from others. If you are serious about grabbing some of the lime light and making a bold statement then wearing an old fashioned girls cowboy hat will definitely cause the whispers to start!.
Since there’s a hat parade each year at the Kentucky Derby, you will want to come with something a little more “in fashion” to stand a chance of winning. There is a lot of history and culture behind the hat parade so this event can sometimes grab worldwide attention from the media.
If you are intending to go to the Derby then you will have to decide how many hats you are going to wear. Typically, women usually will wear between 4 and 5 different hats throughout the week. The last thing you want is to wear the same hat twice. That’s a definite no-no!
The Derby is a long standing national event in America and has a long, rich history associated with it. Traditions like wearing hats are there to be adhered to for the sake of prosperity, so definitely try and make the effort to comply. You will end up having a wonderful experience and you will treasure the photographs forever.