Derby Week is marked by an impressive slate of extremely festive social events ranging from campouts like the Hillbilly Infield, to the most celebrated party of them all, the Barnstable Brown Gala.
Once the show starts, barge workers head into a container — like a transport container you’d see on a train — and close the doors. They never actually see the show. All you hear is thumping. It sounds like a war zone.
Join the KFC Yum! Center for two free admission events on Saturday, April 16 at the KFC Yum! Center to celebrate Thunder Over Louisville, the nation’s largest annual fireworks show that is the official opening ceremonies for the fun-filled Derby Festival.
There are several Kentucky Derby Festival activities this weekend in addition to the festival’s Opening Ceremonies.
To my recollection, high school prom was not the magical night many girls dream of. No, for me, the excitement and giddiness that prom spurs for most, was reserved instead for another evening: the Barnstable Brown Gala during Derby Weekend 2003.
One year, though, it rained badly on Oaks night, and we were using squeegees and vacuums on the red carpet the following morning because we didn’t want these celebrities to hear their shoes make squishing noises
She may be known for her successful weight-loss empire, but Jenny Craig has another livelihood: horse racing.
I never invite people to Derby but have accepted the fact that if you live in Louisville, they will come. Actually, I’m not convinced my out-of-town friends realize Louisville exists when it’s not Derby Weekend.
About 10,000 passengers are expected to choose TARC and avoid parking hassles for the annual fireworks event on the river this year.
You think I know when I’m going to fall off a horse? No, sir, you’re absolutely wrong. If I knew it was coming, then I’d prevent it from happening. When I’m falling, the first thing that happens is a feeling of shock.
Just before dawn on the first Saturday in May, Carol Belser adorns the Churchill Downs winner’s circle with roses. She appreciates this early-morning moment as the only part of her day that is almost completely silent. During the rest of her hectic weekend there is little time for reflection.
This week will mark the official kick-off of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival.