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What can you bring into the Kentucky Derby?

We are less than two weeks away from the 2021 Kentucky Derby, and it looks like Churchill Downs will host spectators after a year's hiatus.


20,000-30,000 people are expected to be allowed in, which makes up about 40-50% capacity.


So if you're attending, what are you allowed to bring in, and what must stay home?


Here's your guide.


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First, what you CAN'T bring into the Derby


Here's a list of items that people cannot bring into the Derby, per the official website.


  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Backpacks, duffel bags and luggage

  • Bags larger than 12" x 6" x 12"

  • Balloons and inflatables

  • Banners and/or signs, unless pre-approved

  • Cameras with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens that is 6” or larger

  • Canopies and tents

  • Cans (any size or type), glass bottles or containers

  • Chairs (Please see below exceptions for Infield Gate Only)

  • Confetti

  • Coolers

  • Drones and remote controlled aircraft

  • Fireworks, noise makers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper spray

  • Food & Beverage*

  • Grills

  • Hoverboards, skateboards and scooters

  • Illegal Substances

  • Personal music players without head-phones, portable speakers/sound systems

  • Pets, except for trained service animals

  • Poles or sticks of any size

  • Projectile Items, balls, and Frisbees

  • Seat Cushions that are larger than 15" X 15" that contain metal arms and/or backs, zippers, pockets or flaps

  • Selfie Sticks

  • Thermoses

  • Tripods

  • Umbrellas of any size

  • Wagons

  • Weapons (including guns, knives, and cigar cutters)

  • Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate

Here's what you CAN bring into the Derby


  • Bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12"

  • Bottled water

  • Masks!

  • Hats

  • Sunscreen

  • Binoculars

  • Diaper bags and strollers, if you have a child with you

  • One large, clear bag (size requirements indicated above)

  • Boxed lunches or food items in clear plastic bags

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