Five Kentucky Derby parties that will have you off to the races

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Nate "Igor" Smith
You don't have to go to Kentucky to find a reason to wear a fancy hat on Saturday
You don't have to go to Kentucky to find a reason to wear a fancy hat on Saturday: Places all over town are hooking parties to the Kentucky Derby. And even if you're not into horse-racing, there will plenty of other things to appreciate: the fashion, the boozy mint juleps, the old-timey slang...and the chihuahuas.

Here are some of the leading contenders in Saturday's Derby party sweepstakes:

5. Art of the Race

Who: Anyone who likes to support a good cause while watching the Run for the Roses.

What: An event benefiting the Wildlife Experience Museum, featuring complimentary juleps, art viewings, hat contests -- and the race itself on a giant, 53-foot screen.

Where: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria Street in Parker.

When: Saturday, May 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

How much: $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at Only 300 tickets will be sold; the first 185 guests receive a poster highlighting a signature Derby oil painting by renowned artist Kay Witherspoon.

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4. Chihuahua Derby

Who: For anyone who would rather see a little dog run, walk or wander toward the finish line.

What: The Chihuahua Derby lets tiny, absent-minded chihuahuas compete like the big dogs. They're all placed on a track; whichever pooch can make its way to the finish line first wins! Refreshments will be available for pets and people alike.

Where: The Petco at 10355 Federal Boulevard in Westminster.

When: Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How much: The event is free, and if you have a chihuahua of your own, bring your pet down and enter it in the race!

3. Derby Girls & Bourbon Boys

Who: Young, flashy, attractive people who want to see and be seen. Just look the flier.

What: "Mint juleps and Southern fare" are pomised, as is the "season's hottest patio party." Of course, "derby chic" attire is preferred for this daytime soiree, so leave your tiny black cocktail dress or Tapout shirt at home. "South accent optional," states the poster, but after a few drinks, you'll be surprised how quickly "you all" rolls into a "y'all."

Where: Chloe Mezze Lounge, 1445 Market Street in Denver.

When: Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: No cost stated, but this is a LoDo nightclub, so bring cash.

Location Info


The Wildlife Experience Museum

10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO

Category: General

Fluff* Bar

1516 Wazee St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Four Seasons Hotel Denver

1111 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

The Lobby American Grille

2191 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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