The Belle of Louisville’s centennial birthday celebration is this week. The event has been years in the planning, and six riverboats are expected for the Centennial Festival Riverboats Tuesday through Sunday.
Planned events include dozens of cruises, riverboat races and parades, fireworks, a balloon glow and musical entertainment. The Courier-Journal says the events on land are free and open to the public.
The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau expects all the activities to bring as many as 300,000 people, creating an economic impact of $6 million.
The Belle was launched in Pittsburgh as the Idlewild in October 1914. Jefferson County bought the boat at auction in 1962 for $34,000.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com
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