Kentucky Derby hats: From stately to absurd

Sure, it's raining. But why should that stop anyone from wearing their Derby best?

Hats are one of the great traditions of the Kentucky Derby. Not just any hats. Large hats. Unique hats. Strange hats. Hats to make the Royal Family cringe.

It may be wet at Churchill Downs in Louisville, but plenty of great hats made their Derby debuts. For you, we collected a few.


She's got a stately, nicely decorated red hat here. The guy in the background could use a little help with his choice.


Simple, yet elegant.


The hats, they're getting a bit bigger. But they match the outfit so well!


That hat looks like it'd make a nice umbrella.


The one on the left has a party on her head!


To the left we have a display of orchids. However to the right, Michelle Beadle appears to be wearing the top of a bumblebee costume.


Hats, hats, everywhere!

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