The Kentucky Derby - Louisville, Kentucky, USA
The Kentucky Derby 2023:
This Derby is the most prestigious annual horse race in America, and the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. It is held at Churchill Downs, considered by many a cathedral of horse racing. Every year since 1875, the Kentucky Derby brings the world to Churchill Downs in Louisville for a week of excitement, suspense and spectacle. What you see, hear, taste and smell at the Derby may be easy to imagine, but the feeling of being at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby is unmatched.
The Kentucky Derby Festival has been called the “Super Bowl and Mardi Gras rolled into one.” What started as a week-long celebration for locals in 1956 has evolved into a month-long season of festivities and Spring traditions that prepare the city for it’s most iconic event.
Some of the festival’s signature events include: Thunder Over Louisville, the largest annual fireworks display in North America, featuring extravagant fireworks and a world-class air show on the banks of the Ohio River; the Great Steamboat Race; a full and half marathon; and a parade down Broadway.
The feeling of anticipation, world-class events and epic parties make visiting Louisville in the pre-Derby season an experience all its own, even if you aren’t planning to go to the track. In fact, Louisvillians think of it as a second Christmas season – quite literally, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
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The Kentucky derby festival 2023
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