The traditional glitz and glamour of Ladies Day has returned to the Grand National meeting for the first time in three years.
The second day of the annual meeting usually sees a parade of colourful couture take over the Aintree racecourse.
However, Covid regulations curtailed the famous race meeting in 2020 and 2021, keeping the fashionistas away.
Racegoers told BBC North West Tonight it was "good to be back".
One woman said her tickets had been "rolled over" from the previous cancelled years, "so we're really looking forward to today", while another said it would be "a big one".
Gill Carpenter, from Lydiate on Merseyside, said she had been to Ladies Day every year since she was a teenager.
"I think people are just so happy to be back, to be out, to see the style and to see people in person again," the 55-year-old said.
"They tried to do it virtually and it was great, it kept us going, I dressed up at home and all of that, but to actually be here and the sun be out is just magical."
Jeanette Heaps, from Rainhill in St Helens, said it was her first time enjoying the spectacle and she was "buzzing already".
"The sun is shining and it's amazing, I absolutely love it," she added.
Maya Killcross, from Port Sunlight on the Wirral, said she had made part of her outfit herself, by sticking butterflies on her fascinator to match her dress.
The 20-year-old said she had been been planning what to wear "for months", adding: "It's like two years' worth of outfit, because you have to make up for not having one last year."
Robert Jackson, from Hull, travelled to Aintree with his wife Edyta and said he thought everyone was making the most of being able to enjoy the racing live.
"I think today is a kind of coming out, an adventure, for everybody to enjoy and embrace," the 58-year-old said.
The three-day meeting, which is expected to draw more than 150,000 spectators, will end with the world-famous steeplechase on Saturday.
Dickon White, North West regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said the course had sold out for the big race.
"That shows people have really been craving live events, particularly live sporting events," he added.