LIVE: Saratoga 150 Floral Fete @ Saratoga Springs, 8/2/13

Mary Lou Whitney at Floral Fete

Mary Lou Whitney at Floral Fete

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Saratoga Springs kicked off a weekend of celebrations in honor of Saratoga Race Course’s 150th anniversary with a “Floral Fete” on Friday (August 2). Horse-drawn carriages filled with flowers and local dignitaries paraded down Broadway along with antique cars from the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

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The promenade – spearheaded by Saratoga philanthropist, MaryLou Whitney – harkened back to the Victorian era when a wealthy local merchant organized floral festivals in an attempt to counteract Saratoga‚Äôs turn toward less savory activities like gambling. His moral crusade failed, obviously, but the flowers and Victorian garb on the eve of the sesquicentennial made for a visually appealing toast to the track’s milestone birthday.

The Riggis at Floral Fete

Floral Fete

Floral Fete

Floral Fete

Floral Fete

Floral Fete

Floral Fete

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