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Seersucker suits, big hats, beautiful dresses and mint juleps are all part of the allure of the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

For those who want the experience of viewing the race as if they were in Kentucky without leaving Reno, here are a couple of options:

Derby Day

The Reno Chamber Orchestra will be hosting its 30th annual Derby Day on May 6 at the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Casino. The event features a luncheon with wine, mint juleps, a wine raffle and live and silent auctions. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with luncheon being served at 1 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for participants with the most whimsical hat, most fashionable hat and most dapper men’s hat.

Tickets cost $75 per person. Tables of eight and 10 also are available. All proceeds from Derby Day benefit the chamber orchestra. To make a reservation and purchase tickets call 775-348-9413 or purchase them here.

Ring in Spring Kentucky Derby Party

The Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery will host its third annual Ring in Spring Kentucky Derby Party on May 6 at the Depot. The event will feature drink and food specials, outdoor music, patio games and a raffle to close out the celebration.

“The Kentucky Derby is one of our favorite events because it allows us to dress up and celebrate spring with our guests and throw an amazing party,” said Chris Shanks, owner of The Depot.

Guests dressed in Derby Day attire will receive five raffle tickets and will be able to purchase additional tickets for $5 or five for $20. Mint juleps will be featured with The Depot’s signature Biggest Little Bourbon for $5, while all-you-can-drink mimosas and Ranch Hand American Ales will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for $20. Brunch and lunch specials will also be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Depot is at 325 E. Fourth St. For reservations, call 775-737-4330.

What to wear

Now that it’s clear where to go to view the event, what about the fashion that comes with the race?

According to the Kentucky Derby’s official website, “a myriad of fashions can be found at Derby – from cool sundresses to simple cocktail dresses and even more formal attire. But all these styles have one thing in common: the big Derby hat!”

For men, the website says “modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels steal the limelight. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or pinstripe blazer is always in style.”

Whatever your plans for race day, for die-hard Kentucky Derby fanatics, one thing is certain – it’s a day that provides an excuse for men to break out dapper suits, women to don their fancy dresses, and all fans to drink cocktails and cheer on their favorite horses to win in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.

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