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April 18, 2013

Thunder Over Louisville again set to kick-off Kentucky Derby Festival

Air show to take on a different look this year



Expectations are that 500,000 to 700,000 people will line up along the riverfronts in Jeffersonville, Clarksville and Louisville.

Some of the crowds are dependent upon the weather, and the forecast for Saturday is calling for sunny skies and temperatures approaching 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Boyd encouraged folks to plan ahead before coming to Thunder and added they should come out to see both the air show and the fireworks.

This year’s TV partner for the event is WHAS-TV and Lite 106.9 WVEZ will be the radio partner.



In the wake of the bombing that occurred during the Boston Marathon Monday, several police officials said they will review their plans for the large, outdoor event.

Jeffersonville Police Chief Chris Grimm told the Jeffersonville City Council at its Monday night meeting that the city’s police officials are re-evaluating and may revamp its Thunder plan.

“Every asset we have will be used that day,” he added.

Grimm chose not to elaborate on what, if anything, will change.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said the town’s first responders will be prepared Saturday.

“We’re going to continue with the plan, we’re just going to enhance it,” he said.

Palmer added that there will be an increased presence for the event. State and federal agencies will bring in additional manpower to assist, which will include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

“We will actually triple our manpower,” he said.

Palmer added the checkpoints where attendees enter the viewing area for Thunder will be the same and police will be performing a more thorough search.

“Security is going to be enhanced, so the wait is going to be a little bit longer,” he said. “Safety is the main goal here.”

Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said police will discuss the security plan for Thunder, but right now they are sticking with the same plan they’ve had in previous years, which increased security after 9/11.

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