Derby Festival: Events Will Go On

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Officials with the organization that puts on dozens of events in Louisville in the weeks before the Kentucky Derby say those events will go on despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Mike Berry, chief executive officer and president of the nonprofit Kentucky Derby Festival, said Monday nothing will be cancelled. 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.

Louisville police are expected to hold a news conference Tuesday.

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