|Newport on the Levee is offering a socially distanced Derby viewing party at its Bridgeview Box Park on Saturday, September 5|
By Robin Gee
No fans in the stands at Kentucky Derby 2020 this year. The event will be televised, and many are choosing to cheer on their favorite horses from the safety of their living rooms.
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Yet, if you plan to venture out, here might be an opportunity to show off your fancy derby hat — and matching mask.
On Saturday, September 5, Newport on the Levee is hosting an event designed to allow fans to view and feel a part of the Kentucky Derby in a safe-distance outdoor environment.
Fans of the Derby are invited to attend a "Run for the Roses" viewing party at the newly created Bridgeview Box Park, from 2:30 to 10 p.m. Vendors at the park will serve derby-themed food and drinks including Mint Juleps (Kon Tiki) and derby bourbon chicken flatbread (Rotolo).
Socially-distanced marked turf spaces are set up around the Aquarium Plaza and Box Park and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 2 p.m. The event itself is free; food and drinks can be purchased from participating vendors.
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After the race is run, at 7 p.m., Floyd and the Walkman will play live music at the park.
For more on this event and others planned in the Box Park, as well as a list of safety precautions in effect at the Levee, go to the Newport on the Levee website.
As with all gatherings in this time of COVID, following all guidelines and wearing masks are key for all involved. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. In fact, some well-known Derby hat designers have incorporated masks into their Derby ensembles.
If you want to watch the event from home, the Kentucky Derby has a list of stations airing the event as well as a host of social media "extras" to enhance the viewing experience.