Today is the running of the Melbourne Cup and most people in Australia will stop to watch the race which is held at 3 pm. The Melbourne Cup is run on the first Tuesday of November. Today as I was not working I took the opportunity to go to a luncheon with my partner and watch the Melbourne Cup. People get dressed up at these functions and so I wore a hat.
Many people get dressed up even when at work by wearing a hat while watching the Cup being run and most businesses will allow people to stop work to watch it. Some companies even have lunches or snacks so it becomes a fun activity for their staff. In Victoria it is a public holiday but in other states we work, but stop for the race.
For a few years we would go to Melbourne the Saturday before the Cup was run on a day called Derby Day and I enjoyed that even more than the Melbourne Cup itself. Here is a photo of me dressed up for the day. One year I would wear a hat and the next I would wear a fascinator. It was a fun day at the races and I always enjoyed it whatever the weather was like. This year the Cup was won by Americain watched by 120,000 people at the racecourse.
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