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Don your fanciest hat, pick your favorite horse, and join the fun at Suffolk Downs for Boston's biggest Kentucky Derby Party. The party begins at 2 p.m., with a 6:25 p.m. post time for the race, which will be screened on a giant TV. WEEI's Mike Mutnansky and racing analyst Jessica Paquette will also be there, along with a DJ and live music by cover band Guzzle. May 5, gates open at 10 a.m. for simulcasting, party 2-7 p.m. Suffolk Downs, Route 1A North, East Boston, 617-567-3900.
The Kentucky Derby falls on the same day as Cinco de Mayo this year, and as such the folks at Sweet Caroline's are taking the occasion and running with it for their Derby de Mayo party. Watch the Red Sox game at 1 p.m. and stick around for the derby, which will be broadcast on 11 TVs and 3 projectors. Baseball, horses, tequila, and bourbon: what could be better? May 5, all day. Sweet Caroline's, 617-424-1260, sweetcarolinesboston.com
The aptly-named Julep Bar will have plenty of mint juleps on hand during their Jubilee Party, complete with a pre-race bugle call and entertainment by DJ Miss Jade. Also hosting viewing parties locally: Back Bay Social Club, Game On, and Cityside.
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