It's time to break out your fancy hats and raise your mint julep for the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

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Why do Celebrities Love the Kentucky Derby?

The horse race only lasts 2 minutes, but like they say, it is "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports". Louisville will be full of spectators including a pretty impressive list of celebrities that are expected to be at Derby events.

  • Fashion: The Kentucky Derby is a chance for celebrities to show off their style and dress up in their best attire.
  • Socializing: Many celebrities attend the event to network and make connections in the entertainment industry.
  • Tradition: The Kentucky Derby is steeped in tradition, and many people, including celebrities, enjoy being a part of that history and all of the glamour.
  • Betting: The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest horse racing events in the world, and many celebrities enjoy betting on the horses, and waging bets against other celebrities.
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The Derby is an exciting event that offers celebrities a chance to dress up, socialize, participate in tradition, and even place bets on the races. It's no wonder why so many famous people flock to this event every year. Plus, there are charity events and special shows with some pretty big names on the list for 2023.

*Scroll Dow to See 20 Celebrities You Might Spot at The 2023 Kentucky Derby

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20 Celebrities Expected to Attend The 2023 Kentucky Derby

There are so many VIP events leading up to the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, Louisville, KY will be crawling with celebrities. Some will be at the Friday night Unbridled Eve Derby party at the Galt House. At the same time, many of the more prominent names will be at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala. This year’s gala will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, beginning at 8:00 p.m.