It’s beginning to look a lot like Derby

Hundreds of banners now line downtown Louisville’s streets.

A banner showing a jockey hangs from a light post on a downtown street. A tall church steeple stands in the background.

Some of the banners feature jockey Javier Castellano celebrating his 149th Derby win aboard Mage.

Image via Louisville Downtown Partnership

The 150th Kentucky Derby is just 51 days away — that’s seven weeks from this Saturday — and with the historic occasion coming down the stretch, the city of Louisville is getting its Derby ‘fit ready.

Recently, ambassadors from the Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) hung 500 banners celebrating the upcoming Run for the Roses along downtown streets. The banners feature the famous garland of roses + photos from last year’s race.

Starting next month, you’ll be able to feel — and smell — that the Derby is around the corner, too. LDP will incorporate red and pink flowers into planters throughout downtown, with an eye on the famous colors of the Derby + Kentucky Oaks.

Want to help Louisville look its best? You can help clean up downtown during the month of April ahead of the “fastest two minutes in sports.” LDP is hosting two downtown cleanups next month.