Kentucky Derby Festival and Thunder Over Louisville

Kentucky Derby Festival and Thunder Over Louisville

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Thunder Over Louisville opens the Kentucky Derby Festival events, climaxing with the greatest two minutes in sports – the Kentucky Derby.

Rated as one of the top 100 events in North America, the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies is truly a sight to behold. And each year, more than 500,000 eager thrill-seekers do just that.

The day-long event kicks off the two exciting weeks of events that are part of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival. The Thunder Air Show dazzles the crowd with more than 100 planes, aerobatics teams, daring sky diving teams and breathtaking stunts.

When it gets dark, the Thunder rolls. The fireworks will feature the latest in pyrotechnic power from Zambelli Internationale, America’s “first family of fireworks”. Eight 400-foot barges assemble on both sides of the 2nd Street Bridge to form the stage from which the fireworks spectacular ignites.

The breathtaking and mind-numbing 28-minute show includes Thunder’s signature one-mile “waterfall” effect off the bridge, making the fireworks seem to rain down forever. And in the crowd’s memory of the show, it does!

The Fireworks

The Fireworks begin…

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks #1

View of the river…

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks #2

The fountain of fire…

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks #3

Now in its 21st year, Thunder Over Louisville continues to deliver a pyrotechnics spectacular like no other. Created as the Opening Ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival, it offers an explosive kick-off to two entire weeks of celebration in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. With an estimated average attendance of half a million people, it has become the largest annual event in its region.

The show continues to be the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America, thanks to the artistry of Zambelli Internationale and the production of Visual Presentations. 2010’s Thunder has come and gone, but surpassed our expectations and we are all looking forward to 2011 Thunder Over Louisville, which is slated for April 18.

Other Events

But fireworks are not all there is to this exciting festival! There are many events scheduled, but the most famous, next to the fireworks, are the great steamboat race, the Pegasus Parade, the Kentucky Oaks or the run of the fillies for the Lillies and, of course, the grand finale, the Kentucky Derby!

For more information about the Kentucky Derby Festival, please visit their official website at

Louisville Bed and Breakfasts

Louisville, Kentucky is the proud home of the Kentucky Derby. You can still find a room before the first Saturday in May at one of our fine Louisville Bed and Breakfasts … so come on and stay with us! Check Availability Here

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