Brawls, boozing and nudity at the Grand National over the years
The Grand National festival is usually marked by three days of boozy celebrations and debauchery.
Thirsty punters knock back hundreds of thousands of pints, along with thousands of bottles of bubbly, as they enjoy the world famous racing at Aintree in Liverpool.
The highlight of the boozing and betting bonanza is the Saturday showpiece race, the biggest racing day of the year, which is watched by hundreds of millions around the world.
Previous years have seen fights break out, while streakers have also caused havoc at the historic racecourse in Liverpool.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic means this year’s meeting will look very different, as it is all being held behind closed doors.
Normally, the course welcomes more than 150,000 spectators over the three days.
But racing fans will have to watch the nags battle it out from the comfort of their own homes due to lockdown restrictions.
Last year was cancelled due to the first lockdown. But today armed police have been pictured forming a ring of steel around the site, as the event kicks off.
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As the celebrations get under way, here’s a reminder of some of the maddest moments from the legendary festival over the years.
Police regularly patrol the racecourse, with security at a maximum.
But mass brawls have still broken out over the years, as tanked-up revellers spark chaos.
In 2019, blokes in suits were pictured throwing punches at each other and tussling on the ground outside the racecourse after Ladies Day.
A fight in 2017 also saw punters in the stands swing at each other.
Other years have also seen carnage, including in 2014 when blokes were seen wrestling on the ground.
Racegoers haven’t held back when it comes to baring all before.
Streakers have also been pictured running onto the course and distracting the crowds over the years.
Back in 2013, the stars of MTV reality show The Valleys showed off their bums to the camera.
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One bloke was also pictured on a bush with his trousers down.
And in 2011, two women decided to strip off and sprint the final furlong of the track on Grand National day.
The fearless friends were eventually caught and dragged off to a police station.
One of them, Louise Van Marle, later told the Liverpool Echo: “We were just having a laugh and a few drinks and we thought it would be funny.
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“Afterwards we got a telling off by the policeman, talking about safety and how we’d outraged public decency.
“But I don’t think the people were outraged, I think they were made up.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Grand National without a good old fashioned knees-up.
Punters dressed to impress knock back alcohol as they soak up the atmosphere and get into the party spirit.
Back in 2019 – the last time crowds were able to attend before Covid – an estimated 300,000 and 8,000 bottles of fizz were polished off by revellers.
And although this year may have a different feel to it, there's no doubt fans will still find a way to mark the occasion and celebrate the Grand National in all its glory.
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