The Hats of the Kentucky Derby

For more photos of this year’s Kentucky Derby, browse the #kentuckyderby and #kyderby hashtags and visit the Churchill Downs location page. Also be sure to follow @kentuckyderby on Instagram.

On the first Saturday of May each year, thousands of people descend on Louisville, Kentucky, for the legendary Kentucky Derby horse race. While many turn out to Churchill Downs to watch the race, the main event generally lasts only about 2 minutes. Others come for the fanfare and traditions, which include eating burgoo and drinking mint juleps.

But perhaps the most recognizable and photogenic Kentucky Derby tradition is the donning of big, extravagant hats. Browse the location page for Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, to see this year’s elaborate fashions.