Here’s your LouisvilleKY Derby Festival schedule for Thursday

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Louisville, KY., – As usual, it’s a busy time in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Festival events abound – all leading up to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.  Here is a schedule for Thursday’s fun:


Stars at Churchill Downs:

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY DAY AT THE DOWNS PRESENTED BY KENTUCKIANA HONDA DEALERS.  11:30 AM.  Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. SOLD OUT. Sponsor:  Kentuckiana Honda Dealers.  Contributing Sponsor: Macy’s. Media Sponsors: The Voice-Tribune and 106.9 PLAY.

#ThrowbackThursday Parade:

REPUBLIC BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS® PARADE.  5 PM.  West on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street. This annual parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrian-estate/”>equestrians. Bleacher tickets $10 and chair seating $12. VIP seating $30. Tickets available at or call (502) 584-FEST. Sponsor: Republic Bank. Contributing Sponsor: KentuckyOne Health. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Broadcast live on WAVE 3 NEWS.

Joe B Hall and Denny Crum 1975

The fun continues at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon:

KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATERFRONTSMOpen Daily 11 AM – 11 PM. Waterfront Park.  ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT expERIENCE featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 beer. Pegasus Play-Ville Free Rides (kids 12 and under) 4 PM – 6 PM daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of Kentucky. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®.  (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED).  Sponsor:  Kroger. Media Sponsor: The Courier-Journal.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON® Open Daily 11 AM – 11 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Outdoor food & live music venue. Featuring the IKORCC Grove. Sponsors: Kroger and Miller Lite.  Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage.  Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®.  (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED).

Thursday Concert:

JUDAH & THE LION FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST THE BROOK & THE BLUFF AT WATERFRONT JAM. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at Media Sponsor: 100.5 KISS FM. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)