The Kentucky Derby is such a weird event. It’s an opportunity for the cultural elite (read: super rich) to dress in their finest linens and chuckle at each other’s whimsical musings while sipping on mint juleps. At the same time, it’s a chance for the unwashed masses–nearly a quarter million of them–to get super drunk and party on top of port-a-potties or wrestle in the mud. Oh, and some horses run in a circle, too.
The class divide in America is on display for all to see at the Derby, but both sides of the socioeconomic spectrum have managed to find some common ground in the wearing of absolutely ridiculous hats. It seems there’s no accounting for taste, no matter how many zeroes there are on your paycheck (and I’m guessing that a lot of these people have just one zero–and no other digits at all).
Below, we present to you the 12 most ridiculous hats ever worn to the Kentucky Derby.