Stories about the field party at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore are legendary: the cool beer, the portable toilet races, the bikini contests, the benches being brought in from the streets.
Over the years, there have been more and more restrictions placed on curbing extra noisy behavior (according to the standards), and this year’s event is perhaps the smallest of all. Due to the pandemic, the attendance of 10,000 people was limited, also in the interior.
However, the indoor concert continued, and 400 pods, with seating for four to eight people, were arranged on the grass by metal fences, such as small prison cells with folding chairs. They were sold for $ 200 to $ 800. Those who are hungry for live music certainly did not feel trapped.
2 Chainz and D-Nice were joined on Saturday by Major Lazer, a last-second addition after rapper Jack Harlow, who was supposed to lead the event, was embroiled in a controversy surrounding his DJ’s possible role in a recording at a club in Louisville the night before the Derby in Kentucky on May 1st. Harlow, who was at the club, was supposed to call up the ceremonial rider at that race, but was replaced by coach D. Wayne Lukas.
Previous performances have included such well-known musicians as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Post Malone and ZZ Top.
What was once called InfieldFest is now called Preakness Live, a more mature version. The “Kegasus” mascot and bottomless mugs of beer have been discarded, and now it’s an app run by Pimlico’s owners, 1 / ST Racing.
It was the 11th Preakness for Chris Miller, who lives in Roanoke, Va. He sat reserved seats in the clubhouse on Saturday, but he could still enjoy the music.
“After two years away, I appreciate this place even more,” he said.