The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-03T16:31:25Z

Photograph by Stephen Cohen/Getty Images for Longines

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Hobnob with the Locals

If your goal is to see some of Louisville high society, you can pay $300 to attend the third annual Taste of Derby, a fundraiser for hunger relief on May 3rd. With 1,000 guests expected, the event features food and wine tastings and an open bar. Another option on May 3 is Celebrity Day at the Downs, a luncheon that features the marshals of the Pegasus Parade, including this year's grand marshal, Cyndi Lauper. A single ticket is $99, while a "preferred table" is $892.