Meredith Casey is an Account Supervisor with the Washington, DC, office of Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications firm. Meredith attended the Kentucky Derby for the first time with her parents and boyfriend this May.
I went here to: Experience the Derby spectacle for the first time, especially all the women in their hats (and the races, of course!)
The best way to travel here is: By plane ... and valet parking at Churchill Downs.
When it comes to packing, be sure to bring: Ladies will definitely need sundresses with statement hats. Guys wear colorful blazers and patterned ties.
The best thing I ate was: Red velvet pancakes at The Village Anchor.
I wish I hadn't: Forgotten to bring flats to change into after a long race day in high heels.
Don't miss: The Derby mint juleps.
Next time I will definitely: Wear a fascinator hat!
My favorite part of the trip was: Feeling the excitement of the crowd and watching the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.
My advice would be: Go to the Kentucky Oaks races on Friday and learn the words to "My Old Kentucky Home."
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