July 3, 2022


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Extravagant hats, a Kentucky Derby tradition, and Southern style are the focus in Bethlehem

Situations have been a bit drier at Churchill Downs in Louisville for Saturday’s 148th managing of the Kentucky Derby than they have been in Bethlehem.

And whilst that may have moved most functions for ArtsQuest’s Derby Watch Social gathering indoors, it didn’t do a lot to dampen the vogue on display screen.

Derby followers gathered for the bash acquired to participate in, or notice, a design contest honoring the venerable horse race’s traditions of massive, vibrant hats and Southern-fashion seersucker satisfies.

Judges Elektra Fearce St. James of Dragtoberfest and A Golden Girls Drag Present, Christe of ClassicallyChriste and Amber of LuxeLatte set their trend perception to the check to select winners for very best hat, ideal dressed, very best couple coordination and additional.

In Louisville, Churchill Downs aimed for near to total capability beneath the Twin Spires for the to start with time considering the fact that 2019 ahead of the coronavirus pandemic.

Just after being postponed until Labor Working day weekend in 2020 and held devoid of spectators, then run very last Might with constrained ability, this year’s Run for the Roses was remaining held with out pandemic limitations. That involves facemasks, which had been tough to locate as race enthusiasts packed the paddock region at the historic keep track of. As usual, women sported significant, colourful hats and fascinators even though males wore seersucker fits and other artistic attire as cigar smoke wafted by means of the interesting air below a cloudy sky.

Acquire a scroll via the image gallery higher than for a glance at Saturday’s derby fashions in Bethlehem.

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The Related Press and supervising reporter Kurt Bresswein contributed to this report. Get to him at [email protected].

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