Weather forces cancellation of first day of WorldFest, other activities
A festival spokeswoman says all of Friday's on the Belvedere were called off except the naturalization ceremony as the city prepares to handle any emergencies.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WorldFest events have been canceled today at the Belvedere.
A festival spokeswoman says all of Friday's events on the Belvedere are being called off except the naturalization ceremony.
WorldFest is in its 15th year in Louisville for Labor Day Weekend. The global experience includes food, entertainment, crafts, children's activities and the annual Parade of Cultures.
All WorldFest events for Saturday, Sunday and Monday are still being held. Admission is free with international food, spirits, beer and crafts available for purchase.
Parking is available on nearby streets, and is free after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday and Monday. Several parking garages and lots are also nearby.
- Saturday, September 2 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, September 3 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Monday, September 4 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WorldFest is one of the region's largest international festivals. Thirty-five percent of the city's population growth over the past 15 years has come from international residents representing more than 150 different countries throughout the world. There are more than 100 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools.
Meanwhile, Kentucky has activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the rain; in Harrods Creek the fire department is on standby in case water builds up and people become trapped in that area.
MSD officials have been cleaning storm drains throughout the city to reduce the risk of additional flooding. City officials urge residents to help keep storm drains clear as well.
"We're asking citizens to make sure the drains around their home are also clear for the sewer system," Fischer said. "So we'll be monitoring and we'll be ready if we need to do anything."
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