When you're famous, your weekend plans are a little fancier than just Netflix and chillin' and eating takeout (which is a perfect weekend nonetheless). Last weekend was the extravagant Met Gala, which apparently was just like your high school prom in that gussied-up cool kids went to smoke in the bathroom, and this Saturday, May 6, is the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby, another favorite event for celebrities. It's a long and beloved tradition, and famous people have attended for mint juleps and southern hospitality for years. So, which celebs are attending the 2017 Derby? The guest list this year is stacked with all kinds of famous horse and/or elaborate hat enthusiasts who are attending the 2017 Run for the Roses.
And it's not just the derby that's the attractive event. The night before, there are galas all over Louisville where you can find celebrities guzzling the official beverage, the mint julep (they really are delish). The Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, for example, probably has the most amazing guest list this year, with a strange and great mix of attendees. According to USA Today, they include musicians Boys II Men, Katie Couric, Joey Fatone (sadly, not with the rest of *NSYNC), Harry Konnick, Jr., and Tracy Morgan (hope he wears a hat).
My favorite reported RSVP, though, is none other than Larry David. There's not an official dress code for the derby, but still, I'm not sure if he will get away with his signature sneakers and blazer. I hope he writes a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode about his foibles at the Kentucky Derby and ruining a socialite's hat.
There's also the Unbridled Eve Gala, which is impressive not only for its great, punny name, but its attendees, which include Sharon Stone, Mira Sorvino, and former Bachelor Bob Guiney, according to the party's website.
Of course, athletes love the Kentucky Derby, too, and there's a long list of them coming to watch the race and party at the galas all over Louisville. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Rob Gronkowsky will reportedly be at the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, and Hassan Whitehead, Bobby Hart, Ronnie Hillman, and JT Thomas, among others, are reportedly set to attend the Esquire party.
Keep in mind that the entirety of the horse race is only about two and a half minutes, so it's no secret that Derby Day is more like Derby weekend, an excuse to party and celebrate the sartorial and boozy traditions of the south in the name of ceremony and horsies. And HATS. Did I mention the hats?