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In 1970,  Scanlans ran a the first piece of Gonzo jouralism about the Kentucky Derby titled “Decadent and Depraved” by Hunter S. Thompson.  Even when I read it a few years ago, the strange mixture of the crowd’s high society posturing and lewd, whiskey swilling conduct made a powerful impression.  Since then I’ve had the desire to do it up like a governor, but get down like a boss.

People bill the Kentucky Derby as the most exciting two minutes in sports. I don’t know about that (easier to say this is the most exciting 1 second), but it does make for a good party.  Remember, in Thompson’s story, the Derby’s well-bred don’t respond to whiskey much differently than the Boss does to Deborah’s rejection.  And with Kentucky’s 135th horse shit-show airing in New York bars tomorrow, you can share in all the high-filutin’ pukin’ that only a theme party can tease out of you because dressing up does something to normal folk.  We think we are acting in character – like mascots whose antics can only be blamed on their hot, sweaty, hidden identity.  Similarly, when Alice falls down a flight of stairs dressed as a Playboy Bunny after 10 tequilas, it isn’t like Alice did it, it was that Playboy Bunny.  Alice doesn’t even drink, remember.

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Check out the legwork Metromix has done by compiling this list.  I’d bet on The Bell House because with BBQ, music (including a bugler), an ice cream truck, and free mint julip happy hour in Gowanus seems a safe bet for depravity, decadence, and lost cufflinks.

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3 Comments

  1. Anna G - Caliburg Contributor
    May 1, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Hunter S. Thompson essay.

  2. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    May 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    that knock out was ridiculous!

  3. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    May 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Check this out: http://www.kentuckyderby.info/kentuckyderby-party.php

    It’s the entire HS Thompson article and it’s being hosted by a semi official Kentucky Derby website. That’d be Fulgencio Batista wearing a Che t-shirt! I love it.