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Crowd of 45,000 begins to descend on Kentucky Derby as the Triple Crown returns to Louisville Attendees have begun arriving in their flashy hats and outfits to watch the Triple Crown  45,000 people are expected to attend the horse race held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky   Race was run last year without paying spectators and after being delayed due to the pandemic

By Gina Martinez For Dailymail.Com

Published: 19:19 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 19:19 BST, 1 May 2021

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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.

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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

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

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

A racegoer at the 147th Kentucky Derby wears a matching mask featuring a lipstick mark to go with her red and black outfit

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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

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