Herald-Leader reporter Justin Madden experienced the infield at the Kentucky Derby this year as many twenty-somethings in 2015 do: on Twitter. So here, culled from Justin's tweets, is a timeline of the infield, no more than 140-characters at a time.
Can y'all see them? "Ain't no party like a Kentucky Derby party, because a Kentucky Derby party don't stop."
The colors of these outfits and the size of these hats remind me of folks at tent service on Easter Sunday at grandma's church.
- Jill Long from Ashcraft, Wis., said the #KyDerby has been "awesome." It's her first time and she's loving it. Nice hat (Justin posted a picture of the hat, featuring — in ascending order — roses, two horse heads and twin spires.)
- "Shocked," Long said regarding her #KyDerby experience. "I saw a lot of pictures online from years past. It's very awesome."
The infield was pretty mellow. A lot of alcohol, costumes, cigars and big hats. It appears the crowd is a bit smaller from last year.
(Accompanying a video of three people dancing like they just don't care) Somebody's grandma was in the infield teaching lessons. She might leave grandpa. LOL. I'm kidding.
The #KyDerby veterans are either college students, folks in their late 20s and early 30s or have made the Derby a yearly trip.
These dudes came to the #KyDerby from all over the U.S. to celebrate a bachelor party. They decided to dress up.
The bachelor party fellas have been coming to the # KyDerby for eight years. They started in college and they've kept the tradition alive.
Ray Alvey and his wife drove w/two of their friends from Indiana to hangout in the infield at the #KyDerby. They were at the 4th turn.
Alvey, who was pretty amazed about the horses, said this year is for scouting. Next year he's bringing more friends and might make a bet.
The infield crowd has swollen since this morning. Alcohol has turned a lot of faces red and has sent them running to the restroom.
Beer bottles, huge half eaten turkey legs, lawn chairs, blue tarps and paper products cover a majority of the infield.
I'm sweaty and I know I look sweaty. I'm sure I smell terrible, but I don't care. Smell and feel the funk #KyDerby crowd.
Wow! Kentucky Derby broke a record for attendance with 170,513 people flooding Churchill Downs. #KyDerby