Kentucky Derby Great Steamboat Race (photo by Willie Polenta)

As one of the original and longest standing traditions of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Great Steamboat Race has been taking place on the Ohio River since 1963. Ask any local, this event has become a Louisville tradition in the leadup to Derby weekend!

The event pits vessels against each other, including the Belle of Cincinnati, as they compete for bragging rights in this race on the river!

Kentucky Derby Great Steamboat Race (photo by Willie Polenta)

The Belle of Louisville was declared the winner in 2023. Come see if the beloved local steamboat reigns supreme in 2024.

The race lasts about 2 hours, finishing back at the Wharf. Following the race, the victor is awarded the pair of coveted Silver Antlers during an Awards Ceremony at the Chow Wagon at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.

What:          The annual Great Steamboat Race

When:         Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Where:        Waterfront Park (129 River Road; Louisville, Kentucky)

Time:           6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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