Your trip to the Derby

The Kentucky Derby is upon us, folks.

The Kentucky Derby is upon us, folks. And as one of the most historic sports traditions in the world, it is an event that undeniably transforms the city of Louisville for at least two weeks with festivals, parades, concerts, a steamboat race, a marathon and mini-marathon, a hot air balloon competition … the list goes on. Not to mention the kick-off to it all, Thunder over Louisville – the largest fireworks display in North America.

So what about Derby Day? Women wear big hats and everyone eats burgoo while betting on prized horses, right? Well, there’s a little more to it than that.

If you’ve never attended the race before, there are certain things you need to know. Here are some last-minute tips for surviving this year’s “Run for the Roses.”

Your purse can’t be more than 12 inches in any dimension. You can still bring a baby/diaper bag, but only if you have a child with you.

The forecast is calling for rain. Let’s hope it’s wrong! In any case, it’s good to be prepared. Bring and wear sunscreen in case the sun does decide to peek out from around the clouds. And bring a poncho if it doesn’t. Umbrellas are not allowed.

No coolers this year, but you can bring sealed plastic water bottles. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.

Women, this one’s for you. Be sure to pack a comfortable pair of shoes such as flip flops if your feet start to hurt from wearing heels all day.

Go, baby, go!


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