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early May – Louisville, Kentucky
The Kentucky Derby is two-plus weeks of parties, entertainment and good times
The kick-off of the celebration is “Thunder Over Louisville”, which is one of the largest fireworks shows in the States. More than half-a-million spectators line the banks of the Ohio River to witness the fireworks and music that make it a magical night.
The festival continues with events you don’t want to miss: the Great BalloonFest; the Chuck Wagon to stop the hunger; the marathon and mini-marathon; Great Bed Race; the Great Steamboat Race; and, of course, the Pegasus Parade.
Come see the Kentucky version of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. A large helium-filled white Pegasus floats down Broadway leading the parade. Santa (and usually snow) is nowhere to be found. While some of the events require registration or tickets, most events are free of charge if you are wearing a commemorative Pegasus Pin that can be purchased at many places throughout the metro area.
Oaks Day, the Friday before Derby, has become the most popular with Louisvillians. A little less crowded with a full day a races, the main race that day is the Oaks (for fillies only). Fancy dress is standard for the Oaks also.
Derby Day is an event in itself. The rich and famous from around the world attend the Derby so you can be a “star” gazer and just might spot a movie star or president. Plan now to dress the part in a couture hat that will get your noticed and practice singing “My Old Kentucky Home”. Both are time-honored Derby traditions. The day is all about fun and picking your winning horse in all 12 races run at Churchill Downs.
Didn’t order your ticket in the grandstand in time? If you’re a hearty soul, you can always get into the infield the day of the race. Don’t expect a seat, but you will meet a wide variety of fans and blue jeans, shorts and t-shirts are the standard dress.
For more event and festival information visit the Derby Festival and Kentucky Derby website athttp://www.kdf.org
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