5 May 2014

Kentucky Derby Hats 2014 (Photo)

Through everything in John McGraw's life during the past two decades, there has been one constant: He knows he will be in the infield of Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
McGraw, a photographer and CNN iReporter from East Lansing, Michigan, went to his first Kentucky Derby when he was 20, tagging along with some older friends who were really into horses. They drove down for the day -- and he was hooked.
"I also like to gamble, but it turned into more than just that," said McGraw, 39. "I just fell in love with the atmosphere."

The 2014 event will be McGraw's 20th Kentucky Derby in a row. Most years, he attends the races with a group of 10 to 30 people and camps out 20 minutes south of Louisville.
He'll be among upward of 70,000 fans in the infield, which the Derby's official website says is "an experience of acceptable excess and is forgivably risque." Fans with a little more money to spend who want a better view buy tickets to the grandstand, clubhouse or pricier seats.

"I do take photos of the grandstands and stuff like that, but in general, the hats, something draws me to them," he said. "It reminds me of a time gone by. When you look at old photos of the early 1900s, all the women wore hats, and all the guys wore hats as well." (CNN)

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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 Miss Kentucky United States 2014 Destin Kincer attends 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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 Race fans wearing a festive hat attends the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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Tami Purcell of Knoxville, Tennessee looks on wearing a festive hat prior to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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 Race fans wearing a festive hat attends the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Churchill Downs, Derby, Destin Kincer, Entertainment, Festive Hats, Hats, Horse Race, Kentucky, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Derby Hats, Louisville, Miss America 2014, Miss Kentucky US 2014, Nina Davuluri, Sports,
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Churchill Downs, Derby, Destin Kincer, Entertainment, Festive Hats, Hats, Horse Race, Kentucky, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Derby Hats, Louisville, Miss America 2014, Miss Kentucky US 2014, Nina Davuluri, Sports,
Churchill Downs, Derby, Destin Kincer, Entertainment, Festive Hats, Hats, Horse Race, Kentucky, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Derby Hats, Louisville, Miss America 2014, Miss Kentucky US 2014, Nina Davuluri, Sports,
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(AFP Photos)

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