April 9, 2024, Louisville, KY. – It’s the ball that starts it all! Get your tickets for the first ball of the Derby season – the 66th annual Fillies Derby Ball Presented By Cadillac/Courtesy Cadillac on Saturday, April 13 at the Galt House Hotel’s East Grand Ballroom. The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer organization that works closely with the Kentucky Derby Festival, are hosts of this formal event. The Derby Festival Queen will be chosen by the traditional spin of the wheel, and the four remaining Princesses, four Handmaidens to the Court and three newly knighted or damed outstanding citizens of the community will establish the Royal Court.

Kick off the Derby season festivities with cocktails and a red carpet at 6 p.m., the Queen’s Coronation at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring live entertainment by Radiotronic. The 2024 Fillies President Melanie Miller will spin the wheel to determine the 2024 Derby Festival Queen.

The Royal Court is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity spotlighting the state’s most civic-minded and academically-achieving college students. The 2024 Court includes: Paighton Brooks of Alexandria, Ky., Sarah Downs of Springfield, Ky., Ankita Nair of Louisville, Emma Rhodes of Louisville, and Laurel Riggs of Bardstown, Ky.

The selection of the Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court is a self-nominating procedure. After submitting applications, the young women then go through a judging process before five are chosen to serve as Princesses and ambassadors to the community for the Festival. Along with the newly crowned Queen, the Court will attend nearly all events associated with the Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Derby itself.

The Fillies Derby Ball is the largest fundraiser for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, KDF’s charitable arm. A portion of the proceeds from the ball benefit the Foundation.

The Fillies Derby Ball is Presented By Cadillac/Courtesy Cadillac. Official Sponsor: Total Wine & More. Contributing Sponsor: Capital Access Corporation – Kentucky. Bourbon Pour Sponsor: Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Supporting Sponsors: Class Act Federal Credit Union and Schmidt Associates. Produced by The Fillies, Inc.

Tickets are still available for The Fillies Derby Ball Presented By Cadillac/Courtesy Cadillac. Tickets are $300 per person or $3,500 for a VIP table of 10. NEW THIS YEAR: Kentucky Peerless Casablanca Speakeasy Presented By Tito’s Handmade Vodka. For an additional $50, guests can add on this exclusive VIP experience when purchasing a ticket to The Fillies Derby Ball. Tickets are available at KDF.org or call (502) 584-FEST.


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