Melbourne Cup day 2017, the race that stops the nation, is very quickly approaching.
On Tuesday 7th of November, 2017, at precisely 3:00 pm, the race will start. But, let's be honest - that's not the only reason we're looking forward to that second Tuesday in November.
Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly one of Australia's most prestigious events and boy, do we embrace it with gusto.
For most of us, it's about dressing up, indulging and peaking in at the glamorous tents and birdcage marquees that are a chance for Australia's top brands to sell themselves to the rich and famous. The competition is as fierce as the horse race.
Take a look at some of the birdcage marquees popping up over the last week.