AP PHOTOS: At Derby, a passion for hats

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Posted: May 02, 2015 5:44 PM
AP PHOTOS: At Derby, a passion for hats

The Kentucky Derby is known for women's fashion, especially the hats. But 48-year-old Jeff Rieg wasn't going to let the women upstage him.

His hat, a flowing feather boa that reached down to his calves, included a "lucky monkey" and roses. He's been wearing it to the Derby for 20 consecutive years.

Karen Vanzant, another Derby goer, is nearly 6 feet tall on a normal day. On Derby Day, she plunked another two feet of bright yellow feathers on top of her head.

Passers-by gawked at the Colorado couple in glittering yellow. Some asked them to pose for selfies. The Vanzants happily obliged.

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"We don't ever dress up at home," Karen said, as strangers snapped photos. "This is our one time a year to put on a show."

Here's a gallery of Derby Day hat photos.


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