The high points of the horse racing season in the U. S. are the Triple Crown event in May and June — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. The Derby especially is famous for its champion three-year-old Thoroughbreds, but also for the side show parade of well-healed spectators showing of their finery, which includes women’s hats.
At Britain’s Royal Ascot, currently being held, the actual race is the sideshow. Witness:
The Brits knowhow to do it.