Drink lots of mint juleps? Not really -- locals won't be ordering them. They're pricey and might not even be made with bourbon. Instead, try a real bourbon-based cocktail at bars like Proof on Main. If you DO want a commemorative Derby mint julep glass, buy one at CVS.
Learn how to do a "hat head duck" so when you hug women you don't commit the major faux pas of messing up their headwear.
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Bring flip flops if you're planning on wearing heels. Churchill Downs is all concrete and your feet will hurt. (Women even sell them in the restrooms.)
Never agree to meet someone in the paddock or in the infield -- you will never find them.
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If you're traveling to the Kentucky Derby this year, you're probably prepping for horses, hats and bourbon. But if you've never been to Kentucky's biggest event, there are some things you need to know. We asked some local Louisville insiders for tips on how to get the best Derby experience. Did you know there's a correct way to give someone a hug? Or that mint juleps aren't many people's drink of choice?