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Photos: Big, bold Kentucky Derby hats

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By The Associated Press
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The Kentucky Derby is known as much for hats and high fashion as it is for fast horses. This year, rains are swamping Churchill Downs, but fans on the infield are still holding their heads - and their hats - high.

Bigger and bolder is the rule for hats that often dwarf their owners.

April Pauley of Columbus, Ohio, paraded around in the mud wearing a hat featuring flowers, a papier-mache jockey head and goggles and ribbons. "It's just my own little creation," Pauley said before taking a swig of her beer.

Here's a gallery of Kentucky Derby headwear.

(AP Photo/David Goldman). Willy Weaver, from Albany, Ga., walks through the paddock area before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). Country singer Luke Bryan arrives with his wife Caroline to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). Miss American 2013 Mallory Hagan arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). Model and television personality Bonnie Jill Laflin arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). Jennifer Tilly poses as she arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

(AP Photo/David Goldman). Jinny Keen, from Louisville, Ky., wears a handmade hat, celebrating her 44th Derby appearance before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

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