Kentucky Derby 2018: Celebrities Tip Their Hats To The Biggest Horse Race Of The Year

Victoria Miller

Hollywood has taken over Kentucky. The 2018 Kentucky Derby has attracted a slew of stars to Louisville, Kentucky, for parades, parties, and of course, the annual horse racing event at Churchill Downs. According to the official Kentucky Derby website, more than 150,000 people were expected to attend this year's festivities, and you can bet a lot of those people are celebrities.

With parties galore — the Barnstable-Brown Gala, the Trifecta Celebrity After Party, and Original Makers Club Oaks Brunch, just to name a few — the mint juleps were flowing before and after the big race. For the Derby itself, it was all about the hats as celebrities tried to outdo their past looks or make a mark with their Derby debut.

Here's a look at some of the famous faces at the 144th Kentucky Derby.

Actress Victoria Justice posed on the red carpet at the Unbridled Eve Gala held at Galt House Hotel on Friday after teasing fans with an Instagram post with a horse emoji "hint" and a caption that said, "Guess where we're going?" The former Nickelodeon star turned up at the Derby red carpet with a big black hat with a feather "halo."

Actor Blair Underwood posted a series of photos to Twitter detailing his first visit to the Kentucky Derby with family and friends. The Quantico star also called out his own hat game and offered up some tags to describe his pre-Derby attire: #jcrewalways #seersucker #perryellis.

For Kentucky Derby day, Underwood went into Frank Sinatra mode with a straw fedora, while his wife, Desiree DaCosta, wore a fabulous fascinator.

Another Kentucky Derby regular, Joey Fatone, has gone on record as saying he missed the Derby once and will never miss it again.

"The one time I missed the trip in 18 years, I swore that would never happen again," Fatone told the Courier-Journal. "I don't let anything get in the way of getting to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby."

It's no surprise that Fatone was back, this time with a snazzy jacket and a hat.