LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News release) --- Mayor Greg Fischer, Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem and Fifth Third Bank CEO Tom Partridge announced plans Tuesday for the 2012 Fifth Third Bank Waterfront Independence Festival, presented by Fifth Third Bank.
The event features two days of FREE music, FREE children's activities, festival food, fireworks, and fun. The Festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 3 with WAMZ Country Night, headlined by 2012 CMT award winner Thompson Square, and continues on Wednesday, July 4th with Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and an eclectic evening of infectious dance grooves co-sponsored by radio stations Magic 101.3 and WFPK 91.9.
The 2012 Festival offers a great lineup of bands with two nights jam-packed with music and fun. Friday night's country lineup includes headliner Thompson Square, Local band "Ode 2 the Gnu" will open the evening with their covers of classic rock, blues and country, followed by The McClymonts.
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will headline on July 4th. Mojoflo will open the evening with their own mix of funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop and reggae, known as Neo-Funk. They will be followed by Midnight Star, the band that ruled the dance floor in the '80s with their hits "No Parking on the Dance Floor," "Freak-a-Zoid," and "Midas Touch."
Catfish Louie Kids Area
The Friends of the Waterfront Mascot, Catfish Louie, will be on hand to coordinate lots of great children's activities for kids of all ages. Louisville Science Center staff will be on hand at the Louisville Science Center's Activities Tent to engage young scientists in activities that demonstrate Science is Fun!
Kids will have a great time on the free kids inflatable games such as the Bounce and the Super Slide. Children can cool off in the very popular Fourth of July Water Mister,dance to the grooves of the Kids Rock Bands!, and have fun with games such as hot potato and others.
"Louisville pure tap® to GO" a collaboration by the Waterfront Development Corporation, Edge Outreach and Louisville Water Company, continues for the second year. In an effort to discourage the use of plastic water bottles and avoid adding to the blight of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Festival officials worked with Louisville Water and Edge Outreach to develop a solution in providing water to crowds. The result is a mobile water station that provides a continuous supply of free, chilled Louisville pure tap®. Festival attendees can purchase a BPA- free bottle at the event for $2 and refill it with Louisville pure tap® as many times as they want to for free! Louisville Water donates the bottles and all proceeds from the sale of the bottles go to Edge Outreach and its efforts to bring safe drinking water around the world.
Dare to Care food collection points - In coordination with Yum! Brands and their goal of ending hunger worldwide, non-perishable food items will be collected at all Festival entrances. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to assist those less fortunate and pay it forward during our community celebration.
Free Bicycle Valet Parking - Festival attendees are encouraged to bicycle to the event or carpool. For the fourth consecutive year, free bicycle valet parking will be available at the entrance to the event. Bicycles will be attended all evening, so just check in, get a wristband at the booth and return with your wristband to retrieve your bicycle.
Recycling - Once again, Festival patrons will be encouraged to recycle plastic bottles and cups in recycling containers. Glass is not allowed inside the festival area. Festival vendors are required to recycle cardboard packaging materials and vendors will recycle their cooking grease for biodiesel.
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