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Louisville Lives up to Title of “Derby City”



Spring has sprung in Kentuckiana and that means one thing: Louisville is transforming into Derby City.

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 3, 2014 under the twin spires of Churchill Downs.  Are you ready for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports?”

Leading up to The Run for the Roses is the Kentucky Derby Festival that lasts from April 12 through Oaks Day on Friday, May 2. As always, Thunder Over Louisville kicks off three weeks of exciting events that are sure to be fun for the whole family. See the full schedlue below.

So, Louisville, use the comments below to tell us about your Derby plans. Are you having a Derby party? Are you watching the races from Millionaires Row, the infield, from home or not at all? Will you be catching the fireworks and aerobatic excitement of Thunder? Will you be among the throng lining the streets for the Pegasus Parade?

Kentucky Derby Festival Schedule


  • Give A Day: Mayor’s Week of Service
  • Thunder Over Louisville
  • Ford’s Thunder on the Ground


  • King Southern Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament


  • Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars
  • Race Expo And Packet Pickup
  • Stock Yard’s Bank & Trust $1 Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Contest


  • Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s


  • NPC Derby Championships
  • Volleyball Classic
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality


  • U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glimmer
  • U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Crew Challenge
  • Chow Wagon
  • Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront
  • U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest


  • U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glow
  • Zumba Fitness Party
  • U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race


  • U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Race
  • ACO Derbyhole Classic
  • Da’Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase


  • miniFun Run presented by HumanaVitality and Subway Restaurants
  • Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert
  • GospelFest presented by Passport Health Plan
  • Celebration Sunday with 88.5 WJIE featuring Audio Adrenaline
  • Mayor’s Derby Brunch on the River
  • Tour de Lou
  • Children’s Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses


  • Great Bed Races
  • Don Fightmaster Golf Outing
  • Discovery Day
  • HappyTail Hour
  • Knights of Columbus Charity Dinner


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health Fair
  • BetAmerica Texas Hold’Em Tournament
  • Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party
  • Kentucky Proud WineFest
  • Tuesday Concert feat. Ohio Players and Lakeside
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest presented by the Kentucky School of Art


  • Great Steamboat Race
  • Battle of the Bounce
  • Wednesday Concert feat. Sam Roberts Band with LEAGUES


  • Waterfront Jam presented by Laura’s Lean Beef
  • Celebrity Day at the Downs
  • Republic Bank Pegasus Parade


  • Waterfront Jam presented by Laura’s Lean Beef: Friday Concert feat. Scotty McCreery with special guest Cassadee Pope, and Steve Holy

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