Thursday, May 5, 2011
USA - Kentucky - Thunder Over Louisville
THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE
This annual fireworks and laser light show is a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Sent by Meredith from Kentucky, USA.
This is from Wikipedia : The Kentucky Derby Festival is an annual festival held in Louisville, Kentucky during the two weeks preceding the first Saturday in May, the day of the Kentucky Derby. The festival, Kentucky's largest single annual event, first ran from 1935–1937, and re-started in 1956 and includes:
* Thunder Over Louisville, the largest annual fireworks display in North America;
* the Great Balloon Race;
* The Great Steamboat Race, featuring the Belle of Louisville;
* the Pegasus Parade, one of the largest parades in the United States; and
* the Derby Marathon and mini-Marathon.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Association started the first week-long festival in 1935, including a parade, a riverfront regatta and an orchestral concert. The first director was Olympic gold medallist Arnold Jackson. In 1937, a Derby Festival king and queen were crowned, marking the start of this tradition. After the floods of 1937, the festival was discontinued and it was not until 1956 when the modern-day Kentucky Derby Festival was reborn