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AP Photos: Hats off to Kentucky Derby couture

(AP) – They drink bourbon for breakfast. Mint juleps for lunch. And all day long, spectators wear colorful, larger-than-life hats at the Kentucky Derby.

The Run for the Roses draws them to Churchill Downs. But what race goers wear is as much a spectacle in itself. Hats with flowers and feathers and brims so wide faces are hidden. Men get into the spirit, too, one notable this year for his red bowler hat, another for his checkered suit _ with a matching hat, of course.

Here’s a look at the colorful couture of the 138th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky.

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