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    This weekend, thousands of people from around the world will visit Louisville to enjoy the most exhilarating two minutes in sports — the Kentucky Derby and of course this town will be a buzz of excitement over which horse will take home the roses. It’s this spirit of winning that creates some of the best parties in the South as the buzz of stardom takes over the Bluegrass. The elite party, and the center crown jewel of events is the Barnstable Brown Party Derby Eve Gala.

    The star-studded crown of a party will attract such celebs as Nick and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, who are sure to be crowd pleasers.  “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit’s” Christopher Meloni will take the red carpet, as will Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. Academy of Country Music Awards’ queen Miranda Lambert, who is expected to attend the gala as the perfect bachelorette party to celebrate her upcoming “I do’s” to country star Blake Shelton.  This year, Kate Gosselin, one of the most well-known TV reality moms will also check out the scene.    

    Don’t forget the Barnstable Brown regulars who often grace this well-to-do party of the South; Vanessa Mainline and fiance Nick Lachey are expected, as are Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry and Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn.  

    With such a line-up, do expect the unexpected, as the big names often bring in big talent to share with each other.  Four years ago, it was reported that Jimmy Fallon took the stage and sang “Roadhouse Blues” by the Doors, but he was surprised when Kid Rock joined him on stage. Of course, the crowd went wild over the impromptu performance.  Another year, Slash, Kid Rock and Meatloaf sang along with Travis Tritt.     

    Indeed, the former Doublemint Twins, Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable have been hosting a grand and successful Derby Eve gala for two decades. However, it’s much more than a fun, hip East Coast meets West Coast party, the gala reaches out to the community. Last year, the gala raised more than $1 million for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky, and it will continue to raise funds this year.  

    What else makes the Barnstable-Brown Party stand out from the other Derby parties? Instead of being held at a ritzy nightclub or decked out convention center, this party, which the twins begin planning in January, is held at their beloved Highlands home located on Spring Drive. The planning begins so early because of the intense transformation from a terraced, hillside yard into an exquisite event complete with temporary flooring, fabulous decorating and delicious food.  

    The 23rd Annual Barnstable-Brown Party is truly an original of Kentucky and the Louisville’s eclectic Highland neighborhood, and not an event to miss. If you do miss it, just check for live updates, photos, a full-re-cap of the festivities and more.


    The Jonas Brothers
    Christopher Meloni
    Lindsey Vonn
    Miranda Lambert
    Kate Gosselin
    Erin Andrews
    Niki Taylor
    Marisa Miller
    Vanessa Minnillo
    Nick Lachey
    Wynonna Judd
    Lee Ann Womack
    Montgomery Gentry
    Kix Brooks
    Travis Tritt
    Boyz II Men
    Mary Wilson
    Joey Fatone
    Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
    Taylor Dayne
    Freddie Jackson
    Tom Brady
    Wes Welker
    Vince Wilfork
    Aaron Rodgers
    Terry Bradshaw
    Matt Cassel
    DeMarcus Cousins
    Bode Miller
    Patrick Patterson
    John Calipari
    Johnny Weir
    Larry Birkhead

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