4/18/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL FAMFEST EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

April 18, 2019. Louisville, KY.- Due to the wet weather forecast for tomorrow, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Horseshoe Foundation FamFest will be postponed. The event was originally scheduled for Friday, April 19, from 4-8 p.m., in Downtown New Albany. The event will be rescheduled for a later date, and Festival officials will share that information […]

4/16/19 – 2019 PEGASUS PARADE WILL BE SUPER POWERED!

Grand Marshals Announced, Line-Up Set for May 2 Event April 16, 2019. Louisville, KY. – This year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will celebrate everyone’s favorite superheroes. Themed “Pegasus Power,” the Kentucky Derby Festival is inviting everyone who comes to the parade to dress in superhero costumes. Also in costume will be this year’s Grand Marshals, […]

4/16/19 – STOCK YARDS BANK AND DERBY FESTIVAL TRYING TO GIVE AWAY $1 MILLION

HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST OPENS APRIL 18 April 16, 2019. Louisville, KY. – It’s time to take your shot at $1 million! The Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest opens Thursday, April 18, and runs through Sunday, April 28. The contest will take place at the Seneca Golf Course Driving […]

4/16/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL BOURBON TASTING EVENT RETURNS THURSDAY

April 16, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s bourbon tasting event – King Southern Bank BourbonVille – returns on Thursday. Celebrating Kentucky’s home-grown spirit, the event is set for Thursday, April 18th at 6 p.m. at the Louisville Palace. “BourbonVille pairs two of Kentucky’s favorite things – the Derby Festival celebration and bourbon,” […]

4/12/19 – Thunder Over Louisville Show Schedule

(as of 9 a.m., PLEASE NOTE: Aircraft and times subject to change on show day) 9 AM North Great Lawn Opens (Pegasus Pin Admission) 11 AM Thunder Chow Wagon @ Waterfront Park opens, Thunder FoodFest opens (Pegasus Pin admission), Military Interactive Display Area on the South Great Lawn opens, Meijer Family Fun Zone on the […]

4/11/19 – DON’T MISS THUNDER ON THE GROUND

April 11, 2019. Louisville, KY. Thunder Over Louisville offers more than just a spectacular show! Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Ford’s Thunder on the Ground activities will offer numerous ways to entertain friends and family members alike! From the Thunder FoodFest to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore […]

4/11/19 – THUNDER SOUNDTRACK READY FOR SHOW & COMMAND CENTER GETS A NEW NAME FOR 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Thunder Officials ran their first sound check of this year’s fireworks soundtrack in a newly named Command Center this morning. The Kentucky Derby Festival announced that Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is sharing their name with the Command Center as Title Sponsor of the show’s communication hub. “We […]

4/11/19 -THUNDER WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

April 11, 2019. Louisville, KY. There are other Kentucky Derby Festival activities this weekend in addition to Festival’s Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville. Saturday, April 13 PASSPORT BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY-WIDE CLEANUP. Various locations throughout Louisville. Brightside encourages all residents to take part in the Community-Wide Cleanup. All cleanup teams will receive bags and gloves at no […]

4/9/18 – FirstNet to Keep First Responders Connected at Thunder Over Louisville

Network Enhancements and Portable Cell Sites to Provide Dedicated Service for FirstNet Subscribers at One of the Nation’s Largest Annual Fireworks Display and Airshow LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 9, 2019 – Public Safety across federal, state and local agencies are gearing up for Thunder Over Louisville. And with crowds averaging around half a million annually, the […]

4/9/19 – U.S. COAST GUARD ESTABLISHES WATERWAY RESTRICTIONS ON OHIO RIVER FOR THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE

Louisville, KY — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley, headquartered in Louisville, KY, has established a Thunder Over Louisville waterway restriction on the Ohio River, from April 12th thru 13th, between mile markers 597.0-607.0. The following restrictions will be enforced by local law enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard waterside assets: The Coast Guard has established […]

4/7/19 – CLARK MEMORIAL BRIDGE TO CLOSE APRIL 11 FOR THUNDER

April 7, 2019. Louisville, KY. The Clark Memorial/2nd Street Bridge will close Thursday, April 11, in preparation for Thunder Over Louisville. We ask your help in communicating this information to the public in the coming days. The Louisville Metro Police Department will release their Thunder traffic plan on Tuesday, April 9. CLARK MEMORIAL/2ND STREET BRIDGE […]

4/6/19 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CROWNS 2019 QUEEN

April 6, 2019. Louisville, KY. – With the traditional spin of a wheel Brittany Patillo of Louisville, KY, was named the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen tonight at the 61st annual Fillies Derby Ball at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Brittany, 22-years-old is a Senior at the University of Louisville majoring in Theatre Arts. She is […]

3/28/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL JOINS FORCES WITH GLOBAL GAME CHANGERS – SPECIAL INITIATIVE TO SPREAD MESSAGE OF VOLUNTEERISM

March 28, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is joining forces with Global Game Changers (GGC), a group known for their superpowered projects, to help teach local children the importance of volunteerism. The “Citywide Power of Volunteerism” project is part of the 2019 Give A Day week of service, set for April 13 […]

3/27/19 – 2019 THUNDER AIR SHOW ACTS RELEASED

March 27, 2019 Louisville, KY.  We’re just a little over two weeks from the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville! This year’s event, set for Saturday, April 13, will include a packed air show, with non-stop military and civilian air acts. The Derby Festival tonight released the full list of performers scheduled for […]

3/27/19 – Mayor rallies community for eighth annual Give A Day Week of Service, April 13-20 New projects, ways for people to be involved

LOUISVILLE (March 27, 2019) – Mayor Greg Fischer today joined representatives from Metro United Way, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Derby Festival and a variety of nonprofits to kick off the eighth annual Mayor’s Give A Day Week of Service with support from Metro United Way, April 13-20, 2019 “Now, more than ever, it’s important […]

3/26/19 – MACY’S PRESENTS DERBY FESTIVAL FASHION SHOW ON THURSDAY

March 26, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The latest spring fashion trends walk the runway this week as Macy’s Presents the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show. Set for Thursday, March 28th, in the Showroom of Horseshoe Southern Indiana, this year’s show is themed We Are Wonder Women. The event starts with cocktails and boutique shopping […]

3/25/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL CROWNS NEW DERBY BURGER CHAMPION

March 25, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Lori Poe of Mt. Sterling is taking home the title of Derby Burger Champion, in the 8th Annual “Derby Burger Challenge” sponsored by Kentucky Beef Council and coordinated by the Kentucky Derby Festival. Poe’s recipe for her “Chimichurri Churchill Burger” was selected as the overall winner after a cook-off […]

03/21/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION HOSTS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE ON SATURDAY

March 21, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Class Act Federal Credit Union and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation will host dozens of talented kids at the Academic Challenge this weekend. The quick-recall tournament is set for this Saturday, March 23, at Spalding University in the Mansion Building. The tournament is coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools […]

03/21/19 – RUNNING LEGEND TO PARTICIPATE IN DERBY FESTIVAL ROAD RACES KATHRINE SWITZER TO RUN MARATHON RELAY ON APRIL 27

March 21, 2019. Louisville, KY. – One of running’s most iconic figures, Kathrine Switzer will participate in her first ever Derby Festival race. Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967, and recently ran it again 50 years later in 2017. (The run was only 24 minutes slower than she […]

03/19/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL FANS CAN VOTE NOW ON NEXT ‘DERBY BURGER’ CHAMPION

March 19, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Calling all Derby Festival foodies! Festival Fans can help pick the 2019 ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Dozens of original recipes were submitted for the competition sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Those recipes featuring 100% beef have been narrowed to the top 8 recipes. Voting is open online to help […]