THE 1993 DERBY FESTIVAL: 'ALL FOR FUN, FUN FOR ALL!'
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- As its theme suggests, Louisville's '93 Derby Festival(R) will, for the 38th consecutive year, offer amusement, joy and pleasure, and some measure of foolishness. When more than a million people gather to celebrate spring, the 119th Kentucky Derby, and the unique vitality of their community, the focus will be on fun. Produced annually since 1956, when four Louisville businessmen teamed up to stage the first Pegasus(R) Parade, the Derby Festival has become a whirlwind of 80 special events preceding the Derby. The celebration is internationally recognized as one of America's finest. This year's Festival shakes the community awake on April 17th with its Opening Ceremonies -- Thunder Over Louisville, now the nations' largest annual fireworks extravaganza! The ensuing two weeks of excitement and entertainment variety promise something for everyone -- Fun for All! For sports fans there is basketball, soccer, volleyball, football, golf and bass fishing. For music lovers the concerts are almost non- stop. Families can enjoy numerous just-for-kids activities without stretching their pocketbook, as two-thirds of Festival events are free! Other highlights include the miniMarathon Great Balloon Race(R), Great Steamboat Race(R) between the Belle of Louisville and New Orleans' Delta Queen, and the 38th annual Pegasus Parade, set for April 29th. From Square Dancing and Clogging exhibitions to the elegant Derby Ball(R), dance and dress range from frivolous to fancy. The Festival includes several formal affairs as well as casual, foot-stomping good times all around the community. The Derby Festival serves as well as entertains, generating over $34
million annually for the local economy. Events on the Festival schedule also help to raise nearly $200,000 for area charities each year.
The commonwealth's largest single annual event, and one of Louisville's most popular entertainment attractions, the celebration is produced by Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., a private, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit civic organization. For more information or a complete event calendar contact: Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc. 137 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Louisville, KY 40202 502-584-6383 1-800-928-FEST -0- 4/22/93 /CONTACT: Clay Campbell, director of communications of Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc. 502-584-6383/
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|Date:||Apr 22, 1993|
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