Each year people, all over the world, pause to watch the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby ® is Saturday, May 4. While hundreds will party at the Churchill Downs, many are going to official and unofficial viewing parties. Shindigz, a leading, national party supplies company, has created décor, tableware, and favors for Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown parties.
Racing fans and guests can walk through a replica of the Churchill Downs spire entrance to get into the party. Take pictures next to standees of horses draped in roses, horseshoes, or even the winner’s trophy. Many party hosts re-create the Derby atmosphere. Some go all out with their Kentucky Derby decorations, mint juleps, southern cuisine, hot contests and more.
Derby Day 2013 – Madison, Georgia
The Madison-Morgan Conservancy does it big in Madison, Georgia with “Derby Day.” This event not only includes a Kentucky Derby race watching activity, but a live horse race of its own. Guests dine on a traditional Derby supper, raise money for charity by purchasing items at the live auction, and participate in a bourbon tasting.
Derby Party – Denver, Colorado
Rain or shine, “Denver’s Original Derby Party” is one of the largest parties in the city. Since 2001 the viewing party and charity event has gone from 130 attendees to more than 5,000. Guests can watch the Derby on HD plasma TVs or the Jumbo Screen, listen to live local music, dance to a DJ, dine on Southern food, win door prizes and even enter the Best Hat Contest. This year’s net proceeds will be donated to the Sean “Ranch” Lough Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Derby Day at Keeneland – Lexington, Kentucky
With more than 1,000 televisions, it’s no wonder many flock to the horse racing tracks of Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky to watch the “Run for the Roses.” Derby Day at Keeneland has easy access to great food, activities for children and of course, betting on the races.
Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz – Reno, Nevada
The women in Junior League of Reno are hosting the second annual Kentucky Derby Day- “Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz” at the Hidden Valley Country Club on May 4. At last year’s viewing party, guests feasted on a southern-style lunch buffet, enjoyed a cigar and jazz tent, horse betting and participated in a fashion show. The fundraising event also includes a silent auction.
Pat O’Brien’s Kentucky Derby Viewing Party – New Orleans, Louisiana
Bourbon Street doesn’t only come alive in February. Those in New Orleans will be flocking to Pat O’Brien’s Bar for half price mint juleps from noon until race time, and will party for hours after the race. Watch the Kentucky Derby from the main bar in one of New Orleans’ most talked about venues on Bourbon Street.
5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party – Wadsworth, Ohio
The town is small, but the party is big at this Wadsworth, Ohio event for viewing the Kentucky Derby. Galaxy Sports Bar will not only show the race on their 92-inch HD TVs, but will also be giving away a $500 Galaxy Gift Card for a winning tri-fecta. Party guests can also enter the Best Hat Contest and the Galaxy Alien Derby Race, where the two Galaxy mascot aliens will face off in the parking lot.
The Kentucky Derby – Louisville, Kentucky (of course)
Those who can afford it will party in style at the actual race at Churchill Downs. Ticket packages easily run several thousand dollars per attendee. Some argue there’s no better place to watch the race than from the grandstands, while others swear by the suites where they are lavished with food and drinks. Whatever the case, those who view at the actual race are sure to reach deep into their pocketbooks for the best seats in the house.
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