Currently Playing: "Bamboleo" -- Gipsy Kings
10.11.08 21 °C
Horseracing has its own unique sub-culture in Melbourne. Attending the races is considered the place to see and to be seen. We were kindly invited to the Melbourne Cup Preview Races at the Flemington race track, a beautiful and impressive venue. The day was so lovely and we had heaps of fun! We got all dressed up, and sipped on champagne whilst having no clue about the races.
Spanx a lot
Having some fun
Bratpackers and lucky James
It is customary for men to be dressed in suits, and women to don their classiest dress, heels, and a behemoth of a hat. I thought the hats were a joke, but apparently they’re all the rage. I couldn’t get over seeing women in their beautiful suits and dresses... and then they have what looks like a dead bird on their head. It’s quite funny actually! I am laughing as type this, recalling such.
Spring Carnival in Melbourne is always the first week of November, and it is what Melbourne is famous for (along with hosting the Australian Open every January). Melbourne Cup is actually considered a statewide holiday here in Victoria. Too bad I don’t work for the government, but who knows, maybe Little India will show me some kindness and let a sistah get her Melbourne Cup on. The locals have informed us that over 100,000 people come to Melbourne Cup every year, and it's one big celebratory drinking festival-- I hope I fit in.
As for wearing a hat to Melbourne Cup, I refuse to spend hundreds of dollars in order to look like I am attending a British Royal wedding. I can’t seem to justify such an expenditure when I love other things far more, i.e. food, good wine, Tim Tams, Violet Crumbles…
I have decided upon 3 alternatives to wearing a hideous hat:
1. I will buy my own materials and make the most shiteous hat one could construct. My muse will be a dead bird.
2. Attaching a single feather in my hair (I know, different kind of Indian...)
3. Raging against the machine and going hat-less, feather-less… b-a-r-e
Will keep you posted.
My first Australian Mullet