With a month's worth of "Month of May" festivities leading up to the Indy 500, it is no surprise that the race is also known for its legendary tailgates. In the '70s, there was no limit to the excesses and revelry that took place in the Snake Pit, just like at infield at the Derby. Though the Snake Pit today is not what it was in then, with much of the rowdiness and excess curtailed, it is still the place to party.
D.I.Y.: If you can’t make it to Indianapolis this year, host your own Snake Pit-style tailgate at home. Blow up some balloons and queue up your patriotic playlist before watching the race. Throw a tailgate-style barbecue in the backyard and be sure to stock up on lots of beer (and don’t forget another Indy favorite: margaritas!). Just don’t serve any peanuts.