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From: 2013.11.03 To: 2013.11.10
If you don’t know what the Melbourne Cup is, your general education has some serious voids. Dubbed 'the race that stops a nation', the event has gained the status of a public holiday in Melbourne. First organized in 1861, the richest and most prestigious “two mile” handicap in the world was originally run over two miles (3218m), but after Australia started adopting the metric system the track was shortened by 18m. Long known as an urban fashion parade, the Melbourne Cup has traditionally been one of the rare places where high society and the lower strata came together socially. The Melbourne Cup is a perfect occasion to wear your best or most extravagant clothes and hats. As the event is totally ticketed, you must purchase your ticket before you enter Flemington Racecourse. If you are not lucky enough to find the ticket in time, you can still join a large majority of Australians who watch the race on TV and gamble. Nonetheless, if you happen to be in Australia this time around, do your best to attend this global spectacle.