The Melbourne Cup is the crown jewel in the Australian horse racing calendar, a grand occasion that warrants a public holiday for locals. And what do many spend this holiday doing? Drinking, of course.
A day at the races may have once been thought of as a rather fancy day out — but that is no longer the case. The formal dress may have endured, but today’s Melbourne Cup is a site for many to get drunk at; a nightclub that’s open all day, and just so happens to have some horses running around off to the side.
In past years, those outside of Australia may have never been privy to the excesses of the Melbourne Cup, but thankfully an account has been set up on Instagram to make sure that’s not the case this year. ‘drunkgirlsofmelbournecup‘ has already become something of a sensation, racking up more than 20,000 followers in the day since it was created.
What you’re about to see is a sneak peek as to how people get drunk in the Southern Hemisphere — just like everywhere else in the world, it is not a pretty sight.
Drunk Men of the Melbourne Cup
While the account name might suggest otherwise, there’s nothing gender specific about getting too drunk at the Melbourne Cup, as many Australian males have already proven.
Questionable Costume Decisions
While most Melbourne Cup attendees seem to stick to formal attire, a select few opt for more outlandish costumes. An animal theme seems to be a popular choice, but clearly some animals are more appropriate for a horse race than others.
Outright Public Indecency
As the drinks keep flowing, it’s inevitable that there’s going to be some form of indecent exposure going on. It’s difficult not to feel for whoever had to go to the trouble of censoring some of these images.
I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up
Of course, the way that the Melbourne Cup ends for many is very predictable; lots of drink and an uneven grassy surface is only going to end in a fall. Or many falls. An epidemic of sprained ankles and bruised legs looks set to sweep Australia in the wake of this year’s race.
What are your thoughts on the well-worn tradition of using the Melbourne Cup as a booze-up? Is it a little early in the week? Or will you be joining in the festivities next year? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Twitter via @SocialNewsDaily.