The Kentucky Derby Festival is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. This festival is held on Saturday that is two weeks before the Kentucky Derby horse race. The festival is the largest event in the area. The Festival was popular from 1935 to 1937. For many years the festival stopped but it was restarted in 1956.
The “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at the iconic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on very first Saturday of May.
What TV channel is the Kentucky Derby on?
Kentucky Derby live telecast begins on NBC TV Network. at 12 p.m. ET until 2:30 p.m., before switching over to NBC for coverage from 2:30 p.m. ET through 7:30 p.m. ET. Kentucky Derby is scheduled to post at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday.
There are many great events that fans and locals come out to see in the Kentucky Derby Festival. This event has the largest fireworks display in all of North America. It is known as the Thunder Over Louisville. There is a great Balloon Race. There is also the Great Steamboat Race where the Belle of Louisville makes an appearance. The largest parade in the United States, the Pegasus Parade is held during this event. There is a Marathon as well as a miniMarathon. There is also the Basketball Classic that is held during this festival.
The first festival lasted for a week and took place in 1935. There was even an orchestral concert at this time. Arnold Jackson was an Olympic god medalist and he was in charge of this event. There were a king and queen of the festival crowned as well. In 1937 there was a great flood and the festival could not go out. The festival started up again in 1956 and has the same events as today.
There are many events hosted at different locations around Louisville. There is Waterfront Park which is home to most of the events. There are also rides and concerts at this park. The hot air balloon race is entertaining and balloons fill up the sky. There is also the crowning of the king and queen of this festival. There is something for everyone at the Derby Festival. Fans of the Kentucky Derby come out to celebrate this event even before the horse facing begins.