Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369


The Kentucky Derby Festival is postponing all events on the 2020 schedule until later in the year in response to concerns about COVID-19. For now, public health and safety needs to be our focus. We appreciate everything that is being done on a state and local level, and we want to support that effort. 

We are working to reschedule events. Please know, the Festival’s schedule may look a little different as we move things into this new timeframe. Our goal is to have Thunder Over Louisville, the miniMarathon, the Pegasus Parade, Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon, and many other events in between.

We are contacting all those involved with the postponed events to alert them of the changes, including all ticket holders. At this time, we do not have the new date for the event, but will reach out to ticket holders when we have a better idea of what the Derby Festival 2020 like. We would be happy to issue a refund for your ticket at that time.



The Great Steamboat Race has been taking place on the Ohio River since 1963, as part of the original Kentucky Derby Festival events. Ask any local, this event has become a Louisville tradition in the leadup to Derby weekend!

Join us on the Belle of Louisville and root for the Home team, as you cruise up & back on the Ohio. Enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment while you take in the views!

In 2020, The Belle of Louisville, Belle of Cincinnati and American Duchess will compete for bragging rights on the Ohio River. This ticket is on board the Belle of Louisville for the Great Steamboat Race.

Awards Ceremony Following at the Chow Wagon Stage.

Belle of Louisville Ticket includes:
– Cruise on the Ohio River
– Dinner
– Beverages and open bar featuring Four Roses Bourbon
– Live entertainment


Official Steamboat Race Watch Party:

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park from 5-9 PM. Entry is FREE with a 2020 Pegasus Pin!


Official Steamboat Race “Halfway” Watch Party:

Levee at River House, 3015 River Road.  5-9pm.  Ticket packages available.  Watch the Belle of Louisville and Belle of Cincinnati go head to head from a great location.

For more information visit or call 502-482-5383.

1963 – Delta Queen
1964 – Belle of Louisville
1965 – Delta Queen
1966 – Delta Queen
1967 – No race (due to high water)
1968 – Delta Queen
1969 – Belle of Louisville
1970 – Belle of Louisville
1971 – Belle of Louisville (by default)
1972 – Belle of Louisville
1973 – Delta Queen
1974 – Delta Queen
1975 – Belle of Louisville
1976 – Julia Belle Swain (from Peoria, Illinois)
1977 – Delta Queen
1978 – Delta Queen
1979 – Belle of Louisville
1980 – Belle of Louisville (by default)
1981 – Belle of Louisville
1982 – Natchez (from New Orleans, Louisiana)
1983 – Belle of Louisville
1984 – Delta Queen
1985 – Delta Queen
1986 – Delta Queen
1987 – Belle of Louisville
1988 – Belle of Louisville
1989 – Delta Queen
1990 – Delta Queen
1991 – Belle of Louisville
1992 – Delta Queen
1993 – Belle of Louisville
1994 – Delta Queen
1995 – Belle of Louisville
1996 – Belle of Louisville
1997 – Delta Queen
1998 – Belle of Louisville
1999 – Spirit of Jefferson (racing for the side-lined Belle)
2000 – Belle of Louisville
2001 – Delta Queen
2002 – Belle of Louisville
2003 – Delta Queen
2004 – Belle of Louisville
2005 – Belle of Louisville
2006 – Delta Queen
2007 – Belle of Louisville
2008 – Delta Queen
2009 – Belle of Louisville
2010 – Belle of Cincinnati
2011 – Belle of Louisville
2012 – Belle of Louisville
2013 – Belle of Cincinnati
2014 – Belle of Louisville
2015 – Belle of Louisville
2016 – Belle of Cincinnati
2017 – Belle of Cincinnati
2018 – American Duchess

2019 – Belle of Louisville