A friend gave us complimentary tickets to a "VIP Celebrity" party last night, at an upscale establishment downtown.
Never one to turn down a free meal, I persuaded Bob to go, and we got dressed up for the occasion.
It was a benefit function, as many derby parties are, and it was to benefit jockeys who have been injured in the line of duty.
There were lots of people there, including jockeys and other people associated with the track. It was fun people-watching, with people getting extreme with their wardrobes as Derby approaches.
Actually the food wasn't all that good, and we aren't drinkers, so we visited a while with the friend who invited us, and met some of her friends.
It was noisy inside, and the outside patio was inhabited by smokers, so we didn't stay very long.
As we left, we got these collectible derby glasses, and were also given two beautiful copper mint julep glasses. That made it all worth while.
Yesterday was the annual Steamboat race, but now that the Delta Queen has been retired, the Belle of Louisville is the only genuine paddlewheel boat around here. So it raced a boat from Cincinnati, but it isn't the same without the other paddlewheelers.
Today the Derby Parade is scheduled, and we're hoping that the weather cooperates. There is a little rain, but the bigger threat is the wind. If it could just clear off for a little while, there are a lot of people who look forward to the parade. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
(Photo by Bob)