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Kentucky Derby watching parties

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  April 30, 2013 02:26 PM

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I'll Have Another with jockey Mario Gutierrez (center) at the 138th Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby may be taking place May 4 in Louisville, Ky., but that shouldn't stop you from having some fun in the Boston area. Grab your big hats, your seersucker attire, and your southern charm this Saturday to cheer on thoroughbreds with mint juleps in hand.

Bourbon wings? Cucumber sandwiches? Yes, please. There will also be mint juleps available, of course. If you have a big hat you're especially proud of, hit up this South End spot -- four judges will choose a winner in their Derby Day Hat Contest. 2-6 p.m., 604 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-536-1100,

Venture to this Southie hot spot for more than a watch party: a silent auction, door prizes, and a best dressed competition will also be a part of the restaurant's Kentucky Derby party. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Boston Cares. $25, 3-7:30 p.m., Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant, 425 W. Broadway, Boston,

Enjoy this second annual watch party with complimentary appetizers at this spacious nightlife spot. Proceeds will benefit Good Sports, a nonprofit to help youth sports programs. $20, 3-7 p.m., Scholars, 25 School St., Boston, 617-248-0025,

East Boston's racetrack will be holding its very own viewing party Saturday. Live music, a large viewing screen, and opportunities to place wagers will all be at hand. In addition, "Boston Strong" merchandise to support The One Fund will be on sale. 2 p.m., Suffolk Downs, 111 Waldemar Ave, Boston, 617-567-3900,

Dress in your best derby attire for this Back Bay establishment's "Thoroughbreds and Redheads Kentucky Derby Party." The best dressed have a chance to win prizes. Maker's Mark cocktails will be available, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 4 p.m., 900 Boylston St., Boston,

Located near the TD Garden, this spot has ample televisions located throughout the bar area for your viewing pleasure. Here's another bonus: traditional mint juleps will also be available. 3 p.m., West End Johnnie's, 138 Portland St., Boston, 617-227-1588,

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