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Thunder Over Louisville

Louisville, KY-

Thunder Over Louisville is the kick-off event for the Kentucky Derby Festival (two weeks of festivities leading up to the most famous two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby). It is the largest annual fireworks show in the United States, and in 2014 it was named one of the top 100 events in North America.


The day-long event includes an air show during the day and a dazzling 30-minute fireworks show at nightfall. It is a fireworks show unlike any other, and it includes the signature one-mile fireworks "waterfall" off of the 2nd St. Bridge.


With the collaboration of minds, Director Mandie Clark and Technical Director Tim Creed coordinate the timing of the show and manage all of the communication that occurs at "Ground Zero".


CED provides the setup of the Command Center on the 24th floor of The Galt House Hotel & Suites located on the Ohio River. CED also provides the audio soundtrack for the fireworks show and sound distribution by microwave to over 27 locations on the ground.


Visit the Thunder Over Louisville website for more information on the festivities.



Images provided by Kentucky Derby Festival



1014 E Broadway

Louisville, KY 40204

(502) 584-0816