Photos of awesome and beautiful hats at the Kentucky Derby 2021


Horses are the stars of the show at the Kentucky Derby, but the number of vibrant and whimsical hats on display at Churchill Downs on Saturday might be the best way to gauge how close the iconic race is to a return to normal.

The general public has not been allowed to attend the Kentucky Derby 2020, which has been delayed for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hinged hats weren’t completely absent from the race in September – some of the VIP guests of horse owners allowed through the gates of Churchill Downs kept the tradition alive. Still, that pales in comparison to the often colorful and bombastic displays that stain well-dressed crowds on race day.

With restrictions easing for fans to attend the 147th Kentucky Derby, hats are making a comeback.

Here are some of the best Kentucky Derby Saturday hats:

A woman walks to her seat ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

A woman takes a photo wearing a large white hat in the shape of a rose.

A woman takes a photo before the 147th Annual Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

A woman smiles while wearing a white striped brimmed hat with a pink and red flower and feathers on it.

A woman smiles as she watches a race before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

A woman wears a pink-brimmed hat with a large pink bow on it.

A woman heads to her seat at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

A woman wears a white hat with black dots on it and a red ribbon above the brim and another below along the brim.

A woman walks to her seat ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

A woman wears a small tulle hat with a ribbon in the shape of a pink flower and green and dark pink feathers, as well as a dark pink mask.

A woman wears a decorative hat during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

A woman wears a light blue hat with a fabric red rose on it.

A woman wears a decorative hat during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

A woman wears a gray-brimmed hat with yellow flowers around the brim and a yellow dress.

A woman reads a racing program before the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

A woman wearing a white hat with blue feathers and a ribbon on it.

A woman wearing a decorative hat walks to her seat ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

A man wears a hat that resembles the coronavirus with a red base and orange and yellow flower-shaped extensions.

A man makes a coronavirus fashion statement while attending the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

A woman wears a hat with a red brim and red feathers on it and a decoration of purple flowers.

A woman watches a race ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

A woman stands in the paddock ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

A woman stands in the paddock ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)


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