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The Slice Derby event returns to west Louisville, moves indoors

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The Slice is moving from tents on West Broadway to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. The Slice is moving from tents on West Broadway to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After skipping last year, the city's one and only official Kentucky Derby Festival event held in west Louisville returns -- but in a new home.

The Slice is moving from tents on West Broadway to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

Organizers say the unpredictable weather this time of year forced them to make changes and people who attend the event are excited about its return.

"I attend with 'framily' as we call it -- friends and extended family," said Karla Wright, attending The Slice.

Wright always looks forward to stepping out for Derby events.

"It seems as though it is the coming out event, where you're coming out from the winter, it's your first spring event, able to dress up and see people you haven't seen in a few months," she said.

The "coming out event" is the return of the Slice and perhaps Wright's favorite is the fashion. "Of course we will be wearing our derby hats and spring dresses to this event as well," said Wright.

"During the course of the year everyone asked if we were coming back, when we were coming back and where we were coming back," said Hosea Mitchell, President & CEO of The Slice.

Mitchell said he's ready to answer all of those questions. That includes why the event didn't happen last year.

"We only took the break last year because of the weather problems that we had had the previous two years," said Mitchell.

In previous years, the event was held under tents in the parking lot of St. Augustine Church on West Broadway. Mitchell started looking for an indoor venue because the weather was so unpredictable.

"With torrential rain and hail storms, we didn't want to put our guest in danger," Mitchell said.

"We had been there during the hailstorm, during the power outages, during the flooding," said Wright.

The storms didn't keep Karla Wright away, but she still hopes this new home will be permanent.

"So to know that you do have this one event that your outfit and your hat won't be affected by the weather and that you can go all out and do as much as you'd like to do," said Wright.

Mitchell doesn't know if the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will be the permanent home of the Slice, but the plan is for it to remain an indoor event.

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