Not Cinco de Mayo…It's Derby Day!

by Joy Donovan on May 4, 2012

Claire Brandon, far left, and her sorority sisters are off to the races.

I love hats.

I wear one every Easter and every Mother’s Day, and you won’t have to ask me twice to wear one to a tea party or bridesmaids luncheon. Lavender, being my favorite color, is the hue of a couple of my hats, and I do have others in both straw and felt.

Many reasons I like hats–they’re pretty, they’re fun, they complete an outfit. Even better–they enable you to sleep longer because you don’t have to do your hair. For that reason alone I don’t understand why more women aren’t flocking to hats.

Saturday is a day I look forward to. Not because it’s Cinco de Mayo giving us all a reason to eat more Mexican food, but it’s Derby Day. The Kentucky Derby  (, outside a royal wedding, just may be the ultimate hat destination.

Watching the Kentucky Derby was a tradition that goes back to a time when my dad and I would watch on that first Saturday of May. He, of course, was interested in the horse race, but now that he’s gone I toast him still and check out all the hats.  

Who will have the best this year? Pass the mint juleps…let’s watch the show.

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