Derby watchers take part in pageantry at Theatre L'Homme Dieu fundraiser

Photos of the Run for the Roses party at Lure Lakebar.

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Spectators cheer on their favorite horses on Saturday afternoon at the Theatre L'Homme Dieu Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party at Lure Lakebar. The proceeds went towards TLD. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The big hats were back on Saturday at The Lure Lakebar in Alexandria for the annual Theatre L’Homme Dieu Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party.

TLHD’s fundraiser welcomed a day of pageantry on the outdoor patio where The Salty Dogs played music leading up to the running of the 147th Kentucky Derby. Attendees were encouraged to dress up with a sense of flair while sipping mint juleps, a time-honored derby day tradition.

Although the event does raise some money, it is more of a “FRIENDraiser than a fundraiser,” said Nicole Mulder, executive director of Theatre L’Homme Dieu.

“The Kentucky Derby Party is a long standing tradition for TLHD that is a bit theatrical in a sense – dressing up and sharing an experience – and it's always in May so it's the perfect kick off to our summer season!” Mulder said.

Spectators gathered around the televisions in the bar and restaurant areas for the fastest two minutes in sports. TLHD also awarded lucky individuals with prizes for the best hat, best dress and most creative attire. The Lure also donated 10% of food and beverage purchases to THLD.


For more information on upcoming THLD events and fundraisers, go to .

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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