And they're off! Those three little words ignite what's been termed the most exciting two minutes in sports. This year the 139th Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 4th. The "Run for the Roses", is aptly named as a blanket of 564 red roses is draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875.
If you can't get to Churchill Downs for the big event, you can watch it on television or download an app to watch it on your iPad. Honestly, though, does that seem right? Why not get dressed up, put on your fanciest hat (for women) and your seersucker suit (for men) and host a Kentucky Derby party.
The Derby is about the magic of how people come together to honor Southern traditions. The mint julep is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup. It is the traditional beverage of the race. Provide all of your guests with Racing Forms and set up your own betting pool to add to the excitement of the day.
Here are some great local resources for your own Derby viewing party.
- Caterering in food
- Home Theatre
- Decorate with red roses
- Formal dresses
- Use your finest silver, crystal, linens and china
- Party games
- Derby recipes
- Party favors
Let us know how you plan to celebrate the Kentucky Derby on LongIsland.com Forum.