Show off your hats, bow ties at annual Preakness at the Piazza

The highly-anticipated event raises money to benefit the MS Society.

Melony Roy
May 17, 2018 - 6:03 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Fancy hats, fascinators, bow ties, and suspenders will be on full display this weekend at the 6th annual Preakness at the Piazza. The highly-anticipated event raises money to benefit the MS Society. 

Five-hundred to 1,000 people are expected to attend Preakness at the Piazza Saturday at Schmidt's Commons in Northern Liberties.   

"Honestly its like being transported to the actual Preakness, and with this event you feel like you're there," said Sheel Bhuta, an MS Committee member. "We have the race shown on the big jumbotron, we have someone announcing it. Everyone is super excited." 

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Bhuta helped organized the event, which essentially is a fancy watch party for Baltimore's Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. 

Attendees also will enjoy open-bar, derby-inspired fare, and live music. 

"Everyone is dressed to the nines," Bhuta said, "and then after the race everyone gets out and dances, has a great time." 

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Guests are encouraged to wear their best derby attire of fancy hats and extravagant bow ties for a chance to win the annual “Best Dressed” contests.

Over the years, this event raised more than $600,000 for the MS Society.

"This event actually falls on my MS anniversary, and so it's amazing to be able to come to this event and take control on a day that took control away from me," Bhuta said. "The MS Society helps provide care for people with MS in the Greater Delaware Valley Area. In this area alone, we have over 15,000 people living with MS." 

The event is rain or shine, but there will be tents if it showers. 

Tickets are still available.

Click here for more information about the Preakness at the Piazza.