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Clean-up underway at Waterfront Park after Thunder Over Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thunder festivities have rolled through downtown Louisville and now the clean-up process is in full swing.

Kentucky Derby Festival officials say it was the first time the North Great Lawn reached capacity for Thunder.

Cleaning up after roughly 725,000 people is no small task. The process started at 10 p.m. Saturday, once the show ended.

Trash cans overflowing with bottles and wrappers were all left behind by the Thunder crowd.

About 30 crew members worked to clean up the Thunder Pots, from 12 a.m. until 6 a.m.

The Kentucky Derby Festival also enlists the help of volunteers to get the venue back in tip-top shape.

With just a pair of blue rubber gloves and white garbage bags, some high school track athletes from around the area were prepared for whatever came their way.

“I found a whole funnel cake. I found a diaper,” said volunteer Jayla Callens.

“Dirty bottles, diapers,” said volunteer Shante Williams.

But the garbage wasn't the only mess on the Great Lawn Saturday night. Louisville police arrested five adults on drug, domestic violence and other charges as well as two juveniles for fighting. Kentucky State Police also made one arrest.

And in Southern Indiana police arrested six people.

While the night went pretty smooth for law enforcement and spectators, Waterfront Park is the last place most people would want to be the day after Thunder, unless you're one of these volunteers.

“Because why not keep Louisville clean? It's great, plus it's fun,” said Williams.

“It's not that hard. It's actually kind of fun when you're around your friends,” said Callens.

Samuel Ellis and his employees from Jim Reynolds Asphalt did the heavy lifting and overnight cleaning before the teens came in the morning.

“We like young people to come out and help because they can see, hey you need to throw your trash in the trash can. If you don't then this is what you're going to be living in, all around you is trash,” said Ellis.

And they didn't stop until every last piece of garbage was picked up.

We're told all the garbage from Saturday night filled at least seven large dumpsters.

Crews also worked through the night to break down the venue.

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