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Kentucky Derby Day Brings Out Spectacular Head Wear [GALLERY]

Even babies wear Kentucky Derby hats (Rob Carr/Getty)
Colonel Charles Matasich’s Kentucky Derby hat (Rob Carr/Getty)

What hat are you wearing for Derby Day?

Kentucky Derby cheese head hat (Jamie Squire/Getty)
Eric Williams' Derby attire (Harry How/Getty)

Part of the pageantry and tradition of the Kentucky Derby involves unusual and spectacular head wear.

Kentucky Derby hat 2011 (Jamie Squire/Getty)

At this year’s 137th running there’s no shortage of unique and creative hats. Along with betting strategies and exchanging Mint Julep recipes, a lot

Pastel derby hat at Churchill Downs (Al Bello/Getty)
Cressida Meier's 2011 Kentucky Derby hat (Harry How/Getty)

of the talk around the track at Churchill Downs involves what people are wearing on their heads.

If you’re planning a trip to the most famous equestrian event in the world, don’t forget to put some thought into your headgear. From the looks of many of these hats, they wouldn’t fit into a suitcase or overhead compartment.

Karen Van Zandt's big pink derby hat (Harry How/Getty)

Oh, and along with all the fashion at the 137th Kentucky Derby, there’s also a race featuring a field of 19 horses.

Kentucky Derby fan John Hennegan's feather hat (Rob Carr/Getty)

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