Hollywood celebrities highlight the Kentucky Derby Festival's Celebrity Luncheon each year at Churchill Downs, home of the legendary horse race. Stars in the Pegasus Parade and other Festival events are on hand for this an exciting and glamorous day at the races. Post time for the first race is 12:40 PM. The afternoon's third race is named for the Derby Festival. Chairman Dan L. Owens and the Derby Festival Queen and Royal Court will present a 14-inch, engraved silver tray to the winning jockey, trainer and owner.
This glamorous day with our special guests is only $80 and is one of the hottest tickets in town. So if you miss out, you can still try a seat on Broadway for your stargazing, as the celebs leave the track around 3 pm to appear in the afternoon's Pegasus Parade in downtown Louisville.
The Celebrity Luncheon started life in 1981 as the “Thorobred Celebrity Luncheon.” Meant as a “thank-you” to the many volunteers working on the Pegasus Parade, the luncheon provided an opportunity for people to “meet and greet” the parade grand marshal. It quickly became apparent to the Festival that many of the parade volunteers were not able to att/files/storyimages/the luncheon due to their efforts on the parade route that day and the Celebrity Luncheon soon evolved to a public event at Churchill Downs. Word quickly spread about this “hot ticket” and chance to meet the Pegasus Parade grand marshal each year, making the luncheon an annual sell-out. For more than twenty years, the luncheon has featured the Grand marshal or Marshals of the parade and recently added more parade celebrities in the last decade as the parade began to draw more entertainers and Hollywood stars.