Kentucky Derby Festival Events Will Be Held As Scheduled Despite Boston Bombings

Kentucky Derby Festival officials  say all festival events will go on despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

KDF President Mike Berry said Monday nothing will be canceled. The festival puts on 70 events around the Kentucky Derby, including the massive Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show set for Saturday.

Festival officials estimate some 800,000 people could show up along the Ohio River waterfront in Louisville and southern Indiana to watch the annual show.

On April 27, 17,000 runners and 40,000 spectators are expected for a marathon and mini-marathon. The Derby is May 4.   

Officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival and Churchill Downs, the home of the Derby, say they’re constantly reviewing their security procedures with police and could make changes as events warrant.

Louisville police are expected to hold a news conference Tuesday.

Rick Howlett

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.

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