Tribute to The Great Steamboat Race
Belle of Louisville Riverboats to Host a Tribute to the Great Steamboat Race
The tradition of one of Louisville’s signature Derby week events will continue, even in this unprecedented time with the Belle of Louisville Riverboats ‘Tribute to the Great Steamboat Race.’ Instead of racing the Belle of Cincinnati, the Belle of Louisville will race her sister vessel, the Mary M. Miller up the Ohio River. To celebrate, the Belle of Louisville is releasing the commemorative poster promoting the race. The boxing-style artwork mimics old fight posters as the steamboats race to see who is “The Pride of the Louisville Wharf.”
As tradition calls, the race will take place the Wednesday before Derby Day, which in this unusual year is September 2nd. Things will kick-off with a calliope welcome and shooting of the official race day cannon! The race is an opportunity to celebrate what Derby week means to all Louisvillians and spend an evening out on the river from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Each boat will have its own unique party, allowing the race to appeal to the entire community. Those looking for a party can purchase tickets aboard the Mary M. Miller where the 21-and-over sightseeing cruise will be accompanied by a DJ. Ticket holders for the Mary will also receive two drink tickets to use onboard for beer and/or wine.
For families and those looking for something a little more relaxed, the Belle will also be offering a Southern-style picnic dinner cruise, live band and an array of family-friendly activities. Those racing aboard the Belle of Louisville will also have the opportunity to purchase pours of select bottles of Pappy Van Winkle. Get your tickets for the Mary M. Miller for just $34.99. Tickets for the Belle are $49.99 for adults, $48.99 for seniors and $24.99 for kids. All passengers on both boats will receive a commemorative Tribute to the Great Steamboat Race poster and a Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pin good through 2021.
To up the ante, the boats will interact throughout the race with some friendly “smack talk,” live look-ins on social media and challenges.
“We couldn’t let a year go by without the Great Steamboat Race in some form or fashion, and while we’ll miss the Belle of Cincinnati, we’re thrilled to get the Mary M. Miller involved in the action,” said Krista Snider, CEO of the Belle of the Louisville Riverboats. “This gives the community a chance to come out on the water with us and enjoy an evening full of fun, music and a little taste of the Derby spirit at a time when we could all use some.”