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Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby

on your floppiest hats and seersuckiest suits. It’s time to watch the races! Socialites, celebrities and other hangers-on will gather Saturday, May 4, 2013 to watch The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

But if you can’t make it to Louisville, Kentucky, you can still take that ashtray hat out for some air. The race lasts only as long as your ex-boyfriend’s stamina in bed, but there will still be plenty to do all afternoon:

Things get started mid-week when Del Frisco’s hosts a Derby Bourbon dinner May 1 at 6:30 pm. Taste Kentucky’s best bourbons like Knob Creek, Makers Mark, Bookers, Old Grand Dad and more. They’ll be paired with 5 courses of Southern deliciousness like jumbo shrimp wrapped in sugar-cured bacon, smoked pork loin with grits and ice cream sandwiches. $70 per person. 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.450.4686

Naturally, mint juleps and Kentucky grub will be on the day’s menu at Jack Rose on May 4. Start early with a rooftop brunch from 11 am-3 pm or come later for the viewing party from 4-7 pm. Enjoy free Southern nibbles, spiked sweet tea and Shandys. 2007 18th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.588.7388

The Brixton is hosting a Kentucky Derby party too, on May 4 at 2 pm with burgers, hot dogs, mint juleps, Miller Lite buckets and Derby punch. Win prizes to your best Southern Belle and Southern Gentleman outfits. 901 U Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.560.5045

The Perry Center Young Leadership Council is hosting a Kentucky Derby party on May 4 from 4-7 pm at Penn Social with mint juleps and mixed whiskeys, light apps and hors d’oeuvres and of course, outrageous hats and bow ties. Strut your WASPy stuff in the Best Dressed contest and you could get your bar tab paid for. Plus, enjoy raffles, shuffle board and corn hole, live DJs and dancing. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC.

Break out that 3-foot-tall fascinator (no, not Peter Dinklage) and join the Wonders Pink Party May 4 at 7:30 pm. Some of DC’s best food trucks will be there serving tasty vittles while DJ Jamie Mizell spins live. Funds raised will benefit the Financial Assistance Program which provides resources to families in need. Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Wonders Child Care, The Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Leave it to BYT to find real miniature horses and ponies for their Prancin’-A Derby Day Party May 4 from 3-8 pm. Enjoy an open bar with mint juleps, whiskey, beer and more. Watch the Derby on big projection screens and pose for selfies in the photo booth! The Sweater Set, Rattlesnake Hill Bluegrass Band, Split String Soup and Outlaws DJ Set will perform. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC.

Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Founder + Creative Director. Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.


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  1. Barred in DC 1 May, 2013 at 09:15 Reply

    […] parties, but I’ll focus on the Derby here.  Check out the already comprehensive posts from Girl Meets Food and, of course, the Post’s Going Out Gurus for further details on Kentucky Derby watch parties […]

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