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There is a paddleboat race, which is always good for a bourbon drink or two afterward (if not before) to kick off Derby Week.
There is also the Kentucky Oaks with bands on Friday afternoon, the millionaires private parties on Friday night and a post-event bar scene Saturday night at Louisville’s 4th Street Live.
But the real Kentucky Derby nightlife scene can be seen in the raucous infield scene on Derby Day.
This is the place to party for the Kentucky Derby, where there is mud wresting, shots being drank off of exposed body parts and people wearing shirts that say “You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start In The Morning.”
General admission tickets are $75 in advance and $80 at the door, but that rather ambitious pricing doesn’t cause 100,000 people to hesitate to purchase them. They do it because they know that for this event, the Kentucky Derby nightlife is found during the daytime.
It starts about 10 o’clock in the morning – or for some, as early as 8 a.m., – and goes until about 8 p.m. The race is a little past 3 p.m., but most of the people in the infield are focused on what’s in front of them (namely other partiers) rather than what is happening on the track.
One guy regularly brings in a “Boob-O-Meter cornhole board that is used not to actually play cornhole but to assess a woman’s breast size and other such silly shenanigans that otherwise would test the limits of decency and decorum.
But that’s a big party of why this is such a great party scene and while the Kentucky Derby nightlife is one of the biggest events of the year for many people in the USA’s Midwest.