We love spring here in Louisville, for so many reasons, but mainly because the city starts to come out of hibernation to get ready for … Derby. Stores start displaying all their spring clothes, despite the fact that sometimes we are still wearing our parkas outside. Everything equine is abounding. Everything is new, fresh and ready to bloom.
But just as soon as it started, March is almost over. Here’s a highlight reel of the news you just might have missed this month.
The Grand Reopening of The Speed Art Museum
Three years in the making, the Speed Art Museum reopened to the public on a grand scale. Opening festivities lasted more than a week, kicking off with the Gala Ball on March 5 and culminating in a record 30 hours of being open to the public on the weekend of March 12. Louisville was excited to see our beloved art museum back and better than ever. Read our story about it here.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
There are a lot of Irish people in Louisville, but who cares, because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place on Saturday, March 12, in the Highlands, and was welcomed with near perfect sunny skies and mild temperatures. Perfect green beer drinking weather. It was also a great time for bringing kids, dogs and your Irish luck down to Bardstown Road to see the floats and paradegoers. See our photo gallery here.
Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade
Louisville loves a parade, and people come from all over town for the old-fashioned Easter Parade on Frankfort Avenue. Kids dress up and bring their Easter baskets because there is a mother lode of candy to be fetched along the road. The Easter Bunny is due for an appearance at the event, as well as the Shriners and their famous cars at today’s parade.
NCAA Basketball Tournament
For many of us, this year’s tournament was better known as March Sadness. On the men’s side, without the University of Louisville in attendance and the loss of the University of Kentucky to Indiana University in the second round, fans did not have much to cheer about. The University of Louisville women’s team had a heartbreaking early loss, as well. March Madness officially became March Sadness around these parts (unless you were a lucky fan of a school who made it through!). Here’s to better luck for everyone next year.
Dr. Jay McGowan Passed Away
The highly esteemed and very popular Bellarmine University president, Dr. Jay McGowan, passed away unexpectedly on March 1. He grew Bellarmine from a small Catholic college to a booming Catholic university during his 25 years of leadership. Dr. Doris Tegart is now the interim president. McGowan will be sorely missed for his great sense of humor and passion for Bellarmine.
The River House Opens
Chef John Varanese has opened a second restaurant, The River House, literally down on the river where the old River City Boat Marina was located. His menu has a “regional cuisine with a Southern seafood and steak focus and a raw bar element.” Also try the Levee at the River House located in the same space, which is an indoor and outdoor bar, with small plates and innovative cocktails, along with live entertainment each evening.
Arts on Fire
The 40th annual Humana Festival opened on March 2 and will run through April 10. Don’t miss a chance to see amazing plays of all types at Actors Theatre during the event. Also, did you get to see Tony Bennett perform at the Louisville Palace this month? Please remember that this dapper crooner is 90! And on tour! We saw the decadent delight of the Broadway musical “Cabaret” at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts this month and guests were also enthralled with “Harold and the Purple Crayon” for its very innovative ways of telling a story onstage. Louisville shines each month in the performing arts, and this month was no different.
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