Fans attend Louisville City game and Pride Festival despite heat wave
Heat indexes are expected to reach 100 degrees or more in the next several days and it was already having an impact on those outside Saturday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Heat indexes are expected to reach 100 degrees or more in the next several days and it was already having an impact on those outside Saturday.
Thousands of people packed the lawn by the Big Four Bridge for the Kentuckiana Pride Festival and the hottest item to get where free fans that were handed out.
"An hour before our gates opened, we had lines waiting, so we had to open early, let people in -- that way they could get to the shade and everything," said Festival president Rodney Coffman.
The festival reduced its price of water and Kroger was also handing out free water at its vendor booth.
EMS crews, ambulances, and first aid tents were set up in case the heat proved to be a little too much.
"We have had to use that a couple times, to be honest with you, between yesterday and today, but quick response and nothing serious -- the biggest thing is to drink water," said Coffman.
Closer to the Great Lawn, families were playing in the city's water features and in the splash pads.
The 93-degree temperatures did not deter sports fans from tailgating. Five hours before the Louisville City Soccer game, dozens of fans sat under tents, but still having a good time.
"We prefer for it to be about 70 would be nice. Today has been a little rough, but we're dealing with it, so we're getting by," said soccer fan John Richardson.
Across the street, as the Louisville Fire Department was celebrating its 160th birthday, the agency set up a free water station to keep everyone cool.
Representatives of the fire department say firefighters take it easy during a heat wave, so they can be ready if needed.
"[We] minimize activities, just like we do, and when it is time to receive that call and make that call we are prepared to do it," said Capt. Sal Melendez with Louisville Fire and Rescue.
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