Gone are the days of stiff men and porcelain women in England. Guests of the legendary British races despised sobriety and dress code. In the British county of Merseyside held a three-day celebration of the legendary horse racing Grand National Festival.

The dress code is classic, but guests interpreted cocktail dresses and graceful hats for racing in their own way. Frank, paradoxical outfits and decals of alcohol forced the world press to focus not on paddocks with horses, but on the stands. Consider a modern portrait of the event with a century and a half history.

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Since 1839, the inhabitants of Liverpool and its environs gather at the national races of Grand National, the most popular in Britain and throughout Europe.

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The prize fund in 2016 was one million pounds sterling (more than 1.2 million dollars). Over the broadcast, which take the leading British television channels, followed up to 600 million viewers from 140 countries. 

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About 40 thousand people arrived at the racetrack in the town of Aintree.

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Fans of equestrian sport filled the stands. Everyone tried to dress nontrivially, emphasizing in his image the specifics of the event.

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But for most of the fashionable battle ended in a combination of incongruous and discarded boats.

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One of the guests celebrates the victory of their favorite

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The second day of the festival is dedicated to the ladies. On Women's Day, guests wear their best outfits.

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On the territory of the racecourse there are vans of catering enterprises where you can buy food and alcoholic beverages.

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Details of the guests' wardrobe

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The official website of the event states that it is forbidden to come in sports or fancy dress.

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Guests of the festival on the opening day of horse racing  

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Guests of the festival on the first day of horse racing



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On the page of the festival it is reported that it is forbidden to bring alcohol to the territory of the racetrack. Alcohol can be purchased on site.

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Race guests Grand National Festival

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Guests on the second day of the festival

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Most spectators dressed in classic style, adding an image of hats for racing. 

Half a century ago it was hard to imagine such emancipation at traditional English events known for their tinnitus. And given the rapid changes that are taking place in the modern world, it is likely that in the next 5-10 years we will see dramatic changes in the rest, more recently the conservative English.

 
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