15 Fabulously Festive Kentucky Derby Hats

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To some, The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored American sporting event that has been around for 140 years. For others, it’s the premier place to check out some of the world’s most elaborate hats. And when it comes to Derby headgear, “bigger is better” is definitely the mantra. While seated (read: fancier) attendees tend to opt for the kind of elegant head-topper you’d see at a Royal Wedding, there are no rules when it comes to the general admission crowd.

Still, the event’s organizers are kind enough to offer some general guidelines for how to dress for the annual event, stating that “Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to bear good luck! The long-established fashion was started by the women, however, over the last few years, many men have taken part in the tradition as well. Wearing a hat is much like getting into costume, you might be pleasantly surprised to see what type of character you become. From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits.”

1. GAMBLING ROSE

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2. AN APPLE A DERBY DAY

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3. WILD HORSES

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4. TALK DERBY TO ME

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5. GIDDYUP!

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6. CHEESE & JULEPS

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7. WHEN SMOKE GETS IN YOUR LID

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8. FLORIDA COMES TO KENTUCKY

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9. MY NOT-SO-LITTLE PONY

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10. A TREE GROWS IN LOUISVILLE

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11. THE ELUSIVE WHITE PEACOCK

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12. HOW DOES YOUR MILLINERY GROW?

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13. FEATHERS ON PARADE


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14. SUGAR DADDY


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15. SAY CHEESE!


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Jabba the Hutt Leaves Tatooine for Your Front Lawn

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Amazon

From life-sized Yoda LEGO sets to a pair of comfy Chewbacca slippers, Star Wars fans are always showing their love of the blockbuster franchise in unique ways. But now, you can outdo them all by decorating your lawn with a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt, which you can find on Amazon for $110.

Measuring 6 feet in height by 8 feet in length, this plasticized Jabba isn’t nearly as intimidating without Bib Fortuna by his side—nor as disgusting without a bowl full of Klatooine paddy frogs to snack on—but he lights up! He’s also got a built-in fan for easy inflation and comes with a set of stakes so that, just like in Return of the Jedi, he stays firmly planted. Unfortunately, digging your own Rancor pit for Jabba to lord over probably goes against most municipal building codes, but this intergalactic gangster works great as a solo act.

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Naples, Florida, Resort’s Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar Costs $35 and Offers 48,000 Flavor Combinations

The Catch of The Pelican
The Catch of The Pelican

There's no limit to the snacks, garnishes, and full-fledged meals that can be served on top of a Bloody Mary. And at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, you don't have to edit yourself when assembling the cocktail. The bottomless Bloody Mary bar at the hotel's Catch of the Pelican restaurant has enough ingredients to make 48,000 possible combinations, and guests can access them all for $35, Travel + Leisure reports.

The drinks served at this bar start with either red or green Bloody Mary mix and vodka, or tequila if you want to make yours a Bloody Maria. You can dip the rim of your glass in one of the eight salt and spice mixtures created in house and up the heat factor with a dash of hot sauce—20 brands of which are available.

But the garnishes are where the bar gets serious. With 75 toppings to choose from, the spread looks more like a Vegas buffet than a Bloody Mary bar. Options include classics like olives and celery, as well as over-the-top indulgences like egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, and fried ravioli.

A single drink from the bar costs $14, but $35 for the bottomless option isn't bad if you think of the garnishes as all-you-can-eat brunch. The Catch of the Pelican also sells brunch items that aren't served on top of cocktail glasses. For diners looking for a more simple drink to go with their meal, there's a make your own mimosa bar.

The hotel restaurant serves brunch every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make it to Naples to try the Bloody Mary bar in person, you can experience the glory in the pictures below.

Bloody Mary Bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary.
The Catch of The Pelican

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