Melbourne Cup: The great annual Aussie horse racing and betting carnival is on. The event is for everybody. For the bourgeoisie, it is time to flaunt fashionable gears to adorn the body. For the rest of the working class, it is a time to gamble, engage in wanton debauchery and gluttony without fear of being ostracised. You need not be in person in Melbourne to soak in the fun. The event is for everyone as long as there is a screen to glue the eyes to. And for fair dinkum Aussies, no event goes without incessant flow of beer to satisfy the pot belly. Melbourne Cup is truly fair dinkum.
Perth Now reports:
“We are celebrating the young fillies and colts that love to party at the Melbourne Cup. Keep up the great work girls and boys!” the page says.
While we can’t confirm that any of the people in the photographs are drunk – or, indeed, at the Melbourne Cup – they are all certainly filled with raceday exuberance.
About 100,000 people are expected at the Melbourne Cup today, with clubs and pubs swinging their doors open afterwards to keep the party going.
Earlier this week Victoria Police warned the 330,000 racegoers expected to attend the four-day carnival that being drunk in public is a bad bet, with an immediate $590 fine on the line.”
A picture says a thousand words, let the pictures speak – the beauties and the beasts.
For the horses, this year’s Melbourne Cup has some sad casualties, two horses have already died in the race – not exactly a good omen.
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.