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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Where to watch the Kentucky Derby

John Velazquez rides Animal Kingdom to victory during the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Will there be another big surprise this year? (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Race fans know that the Kentucky Derby is always run on the first Saturday in May. This year, that happens to be May 5, better known as Cinco de Mayo, meaning the calendar has turned this into one of the biggest bar days and nights of the year.

Yesterday, we looked at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations; today, it’s all about seersucker, big hats and mint juleps: Our guide to the area’s best places to watch the Kentucky Derby, from fancy spreads to rooftop soirees (with julep-flavored snowcones) to parties that raise money for charity.

Where will you be watching the race? Tell us about your favorite mint julep — and any tips for the winner — in the comments below.

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