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Louisville Orchestra records Thunder soundtrack

Louisville, KY.  –The Kentucky Derby Festival has some music for your ears. They announced this morning that the Louisville Orchestra is recording the soundtrack for the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville fireworks show. The announcement was made at the Brown Theatre, just before the Orchestra began their recording session. “Having a Thunder soundtrack from the Louisville Orchestra has been on the Festival’s bucket list for a while,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “It’s really going to be something special we think the whole community will enjoy.” Said Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra Music Director, “One of my first introductions to Louisville…


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Thunder Over Louisville makes national Top 100

Photos from the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Instagram Page. Louisville, KY.  Top honors today for Thunder Over Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The annual air show and fireworks spectacular has made the 2015 list for the “Top 100 Events in the United States.” The list is put together by BizBash – the leading trade media for event and meeting organizers and event marketers. “The Top 100 lists are not about excess or one-hit wonders. They are about influence, the power to build movements, form communities, and create cultural touch points for those that attend as well as those that…


Louisville gets Special Preview of Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Tuesday

Festival fans can get a special preview of this week’s parade at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party tomorrow at the Kentucky Exposition Center in South Wing C. 2015 marks the 60th annual parade, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, April 30.  Each parade float and inflatable will be on display, complete with costumed characters, as well as equestrian units. Stage performances from local dance groups will also be featured. The theme of this year’s parade is “Best of Louisville,” so many of the units are decorated to celebrate the city. Said Kentucky Derby…


Beds are Ready to Roll at Broadbent in Louisville

from Kentucky Derby Festival. . . Louisville, KY. –  Beds on wheels will be in high gear April 27 as they participate in the Thorntons Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races. More than 40 teams are expected to race their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course. The dormitory area will be staged outside Broadbent Arena and will open at 11:30 a.m. for participant tailgating. Bed racing fans are invited to come out early at 4 p.m. and join the tailgate party. The participating teams will have an opportunity to showcase their costumes and bed in a pre-race parade around…


Louisville’s Derby Festival Race Expo & Pasta Party Not Just For Runners

Louisville, Ky. – More than 16,000 people are expected to attend the Kentucky Derby Festival’s two-day Expo this week. This year’s Expo will be open in Hall 2D at the Kentucky International Convention Center, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 24. More than 100 exhibitors will be set up at the event to showcase the latest in health and fitness products, athletic apparel, shoes and accessories and the Derby Festival’s official ASICS Race Gear will be available for purchase. Visitors can get a FREE massage or…


Louisville Skies To Fill Up with U.S. Bank Great Balloonfest

Louisville, KY.  – The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest, with five hot-air balloon events, lifts off this Thursday, April 23, and runs through Saturday, April 25.The ballooning events kick off on Thursday at 6 p.m. with the third annual U.S. Bank Great Balloon Crew Challenge at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Over a dozen balloon teams will compete for bragging rights and a traveling trophy in the friendly competition. The Crew Challenge includes three timed-challenges:  rolling a balloon into a bag (along a 75 ft. course), inflating mini-balloons, and fishing a Pepsi out of a cooler full of Coca-Cola.  The Crew…


Louisville Natives To Be Honored in 60th Annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade

Louisville, Ky. – The 60th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, themed “Best of Louisville,” will honor some familiar faces from the River City.  Famous Louisvillians whose names you’ll recognize and some whose faces you’ve seen hanging on murals around the city will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals of this year’s parade. “Over the years, the parade has featured a who’s who list of celebrities and hometown favorites,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO. “This year’s parade is living up to its theme – the ‘Best of Louisville’ – and we’re honored to be able to showcase the stars of our community…


Thunder Over Louisville Set Up Working Around Rising Ohio River

Louisville, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is moving into the final days of set up for their Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville set for Saturday. Crews and vendors have been loading-in and setting up since Monday and are running on schedule for Saturday, despite the rising Ohio River. As has happened in past years, the water line will set the crowd line. “With weather in the Ohio Valley, it would be unusual for us not to be talking about some flooding,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “With 26 years of producing this event, we have learned to…


Kentucky Derby Festival To Posthumously Honor Louisville’s Jim King

Louisville, Ky. – Each year, the Kentucky Derby Festival presents the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award to an individual or organization for their outstanding service to the community.  This year’s award will be given to honor the late Jim King.  The award will be presented at the 59th annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 17, at the Galt House East Hotel. Accepting the award will be Jim’s wife, Debbie King. As part of the award, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation – the Derby Festival’s charitable arm – will also present a $5,000 check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma…


Pegasus Parade Grand Marshal is Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville, KY. — Former University of Louisville football star Teddy Bridgewater will return to his college hometown to serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. Bridgewater was quarterback for the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013, and is now quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The 60th annual parade is set to march down Broadway on Thursday, April 30th. “This year’s theme is ‘Best of Louisville’ and we know fans will agree that Teddy is just that,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO.  “We are excited to have him back to participate in one of the biggest events…