4/25/19 – FRIDAY’S RUSH HOUR RACE CANCELLED DUE TO FORECASTED RAIN AND WINDS

April 25, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Due to tomorrow morning’s forecast for potential rain and high winds, the BB&T Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush Hour Race has been cancelled. The Rush Hour Race was scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning from Bowman Field. Derby Festival Officials continue to monitor conditions for the […]

4/25/19 – BB&T GREAT BALLOON GLIMMER CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

April 25, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The BB&T Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer, scheduled to glow tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will not be rescheduled. The next events on the BB&T Great BalloonFest schedule include the BB&T Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race […]

4/23/19 – WELLCARE AND DERBY FESTIVAL TEAM UP FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY HEALTH FAIR AT FOURTH STREET LIVE!

April 23, 2019. Louisville, KY. – WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., returns in 2019 as Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Health Fair. The event will take place Thursday, April 25th at Fourth Street Live! from 4pm-8pm. The 12th annual Health Fair features head-to-toe screenings as well as […]

4/22/19 – LADIES TAKE THEIR SWING FOR $1 MILLION ON TUESDAY

April 22, 2019 Louisville, KY. – Ladies will tee it up on Tuesday, April 23rd for Ladies’ Day at the Stock Yards Bank $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest. Preliminary rounds for the competition continue this week, with special daily promotions. All Ladies who attend preliminaries Tuesday get 2 shots for $1. The preliminary competition […]

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 […]