By Gina Martinez For Dailymail.Com
Published: 19:19 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 19:19 BST, 1 May 2021
The Kentucky Derby makes its triumphant return with an expected crowd of 45,000 after being sidetracked by COVID last year, as scores of attendees make their way to Churchill Downs to place their bets.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Attendees showed off their flashy hats and outfits - with matching face masks - on Saturday as they made their way to watch the races in Louisville, Kentucky.
The race was run last year without paying spectators and after being delayed until Labor Day weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
America’s longest continuously held sporting event returns to its traditional spot on the calendar — the first Saturday in May.
The 147th edition comes less than eight months after it was run without spectators last September because of COVID-19, making it the shortest time between Derbies in history.
Keeping in line with COVID-era regulations, face masks are mandated and food and drinks are all-inclusive to lessen long lines and separate payments for every transaction.
An attendee at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky wears a horse-themed hat
One woman takes a picture with her cellphone as she dons a pink, feathery hat as she attends the Kentucky Oaks race at Churchill Downs
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A racegoer at the 147th Kentucky Derby wears a matching mask featuring a lipstick mark to go with her red and black outfit
The Derby is back to its