St. John’s Croquet Is Like Taking A Time Machine Back To "The Great Gatsby"

Very fancy.

1. Once a year, the sleepy Maryland state capital of Annapolis becomes the center of the dignified sports universe…

 

2. …when the town hosts the best croquet tournament on the planet.

 

3. The match pits two great Annapolis educational institutions against each other: St. John’s College vs. The Naval Academy.

The match pits two great Annapolis educational institutions against each other: St. John's College vs. The Naval Academy.

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The rivalry has been going on for 30 years.

4. Every year, the team from St. John’s dresses up but the Navy team must wear their traditional uniforms.

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This year, St. John’s team dressed as Greek philosophers.

5. The play is dignified and beautiful.

The play is dignified and beautiful.

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6. But the croquet is only a fraction of what makes this event so special.

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7. The spectators, arguably, are the most entertaining part of the entire event.

The spectators, arguably, are the most entertaining part of the entire event.

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8. Everyone sets up fancy picnics around the playing field…

 

9. And dresses up like they’re in The Great Gatsby.

And dresses up like they're in The Great Gatsby .

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11. The event is essentially one gigantic 1920s picnic.

 

12. omg.

omg.

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13. LOOK. AT. THAT. MONOCLE.

 

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17. Killin it.

 

18. Just your typical croquet couple.

St. John's Croquet Is Like Taking A Time Machine Back To "The Great Gatsby"

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19. Just your average lurkers.

 

20. Yes. Yes. Approve.

 

21. Cute children abound.

 

22. *kisses*

*kisses*

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23. There is also a great deal of pipe smoking.

   

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26. The bro level is quite high as well.

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But at least they are dapper in their top hats and capris.

27. There are also some non-traditional outfits.

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28. SWAN + PEEPS HAT.

 

29. The contrast between military and elegance is wonderful.

 

30. And once all the eating and drinking is done, the Navy brass band sets up…

 

31. …and everyone just dances their faces off.

 

Especially this guy.

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If you were ever wondering where all the white people are they are here at this croquet tournament don't worry #sjcroquet

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35. It is also perfectly acceptable for the players to drink.

 

36. And congratulations Navy on winning this year!

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