The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Ben Steverman - 2013-05-02T19:33:55Z

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If your goal is to see some Louisville high society, you can pay $350 to attend the fourth annual Taste of Derby, a fundraiser for hunger relief on May 2. With 1,500 guests expected, the event includes food and wine tastings and an open bar. Another option on May 2 is Celebrity Day at the Downs, a luncheon that features the grand marshals of the Pegasus Parade, who are the members of the University of Louisville's men's and women's basketball teams. A single ticket is $99, while a "preferred table" for eight is $892.

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