A small ‘World’ no longer

Louisville’s 9th annual WorldFest will be expanded from to two to three days, with music, dance and entertainment events spanning throughout Labor Day weekend (Sept 2-4th). The news came from Mayor Greg Fischer, who hosted a press conference on the Belvedere at 10am Wednesday morning.

“Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive and have a stronger quality of life,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “WorldFest is a fun way to celebrate the many diverse cultures that make Louisville a world-class city and a great place to live, and we’re excited to expand the festival to Sunday.”

Amongst many highlights, the return of Louisville’s signature international festival will boast three stages worth of music and entertainment as well as a daunting variety of ethnic cuisine spread across 150 food booths, a Parade of Cultures and the naturalization of around 300 immigrants as U.S. citizens.

Much more information about WorldFest 2011’s can be found via the city’s WorldFest website.

Also  announced this morning were the details for another Labor Day weekend event, the Mayor’s Health Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle.

“This is one of Louisville’s signature events and we’re always looking to make it even better, with new ways for families to have fun, exercise and be healthy,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “On Memorial Day we added a course for canoes and kayaks and had a super response, plus a record number of cyclists, and now we’re adding new healthy options with yoga and tai chi in the morning.”

Booths and activities will kick off Saturday, September 5th at 8:30am with cycling, paddling and walking starting at 10am. Canoeists and Kayakers will have the choice of a 3-mile paddling course heading up Beargrass Creek as far as the MSD pumping station at Brownsboro Road or staying on the Ohio River and paddling through the land-side channel of Towhead Island, while cyclists will venture forth on a 15-mile route heading out from Waterfront Park and west towards Shawnee Park and hikers will explore the eastern parts of Waterfront Park and soak up some great views of the river.

Much more info on the Hike, Bike and Paddle via the event’s website.