One of the South's favorite pastimes is getting dressed up in their Sunday best — including large, fancy hats, gloves, and dresses for the ladies, and loafers, sport coats, and collared shirts for the men — and watching the Kentucky Derby. Can't make it to the actual event at Churchill Downs this year? Don't worry, you can watch everything Derby related on NBC, which started on April 30 and goes through May 5 (the main event). Throw your own Kentucky Derby watch party for Saturday, May 5, complete with Kentucky Derby recipes your guests will be sure to love.
According to the Kentucky Derby website, The Kentucky Derby has been hosted at Churchill Downs "continuously" since 1875. That's a lot of history. The Derby is a "top rank, Grade I stakes race for 3-year-old thoroughbred horses" where they run around a "one and one-quarter miles long" track. The race occurs the first Saturday in May every year, and the website said there are usually 155,000 people at the event. The horse (well, jockey) that wins the Kentucky Derby will receive $2 million, and the race itself is called "the most exciting two minutes in sports," the website noted. There's usually a lot of betting and Mint Julep drinking at these events, and you can bring the fun to your own home with these delicious and on-theme recipes.