Spirit of Our Region Shines Bright During Two-Week Derby Celebration

Kentucky DerbyIf you’re not from around here, you may not understand the passion that goes into celebrating two weeks’ worth of Derby festivities—festivities that include more than 50 activities for both children and adults. But the people of our region sure do.

It’s known as the fastest two minutes in sports—The Kentucky Derby. And the festivities that ensue have evolved into a two-week-long celebration leading up to the first Saturday in May. Many traditions have began as a result of the Kentucky Derby: Thunder Over Louisville, The Great Steamboat Race, The Chow Wagon, and many others. Most recently, Major Greg Fischer’s Give a Day Week kicked off as an official Derby Festival event this year with a record-breaking number of contributors—more than 90,000!

And if that isn’t enough to keep you entertained, there’s always the fashion! Check out some of the latest Derby fashion, including hats and shoes, here.

The people of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and areas North, South, East, and West all take part in Derby events some way or another. Even if you don’t brave the infield or aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to the Derby, you probably celebrate in some way or another with your friends and family. And let’s not forget about The Oaks on Friday. The running of the fillies has become almost as popular as the Derby itself. In fact, the Oaks and the Derby are unofficial holidays in our region.

We still have a week until Oaks and Derby, which means we still have a week’s worth of events to celebrate. Here are just some of the events coming up this weekend and into next week. For the list in its entirety and for a description of each event listed below, click here.

Saturday, April 28

  • Marathon/miniMarathon presented by Walmart
  • U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Race
  • Da’Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase College Fair
  • 2012 NPC Kentucky Derby Championships Fitness * Figure * Bikini *Bodybuilding * Physique
  • Kentucky Derby Festival- ACO DerbyHole Classic

Sunday, April 29

  • $1 Million Dollar Hole In One Semi Finals
  • Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert
  • Children’s Tea with the Derby Festival Princesses presented by Goldberg Simpson
  • Celebration Sunday with 88.5 WJIE
  • Derby Brunch On the River

Monday, April

  • Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races
  • AT&T Derby Festival Morning Line
  • Don Fightmaster Golf Outing for Exceptional Children
  • Still Spinnin’ Benefit Ride for Down Syndrome of Louisville
  • HappyTail Hour at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

Tuesday, May 5

  • $1 Million Dollar Hole In One Finals
  • Republic Bank Parade Preview Party
  • WineFest
  • Texas Hold’em Tournament
  • Ramble for the Roses

Wednesday, May 2

  • Great Steamboat Race
  • Battle of the Bounce

Thursday, May 3

  • Celebrity Day at the Downs
  • Republic Bank Pegasus Parade
  • 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Gala

Friday, May 4

  • Derby Eve Jam featuring The Charlie Daniels Band with Guest the Hillbenders

Good luck to the horses and jockeys on Oaks and Derby day. We’ll be watching, and we know the people of our region will too.