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Franz Neumeier 10-22-2008 08:13 AM

Louisville: Big Easy-style party to bid paddle wheeler goodbye
 
Here is a press release I just received with some more infos about the Delta Queen party at Louisville on Friday.

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Delta Queen To Make Final Stop In Louisville
Big Easy-style party to bid paddle wheeler goodbye

LOUISVILLE - Delta Queen, the beloved paddle wheeler that has been part of the Great Steamboat Race nearly every year since 1963, will make its final voyage to Louisville this month, and the city is throwing a party to honor its heritage.

The Delta Queen will arrive Friday, Oct. 24 for a 12-hour stay in Louisville.

The staff of the Belle of Louisville and Mayor Jerry Abramson are throwing a New Orleans-style party to celebrate the long friendship between the Belle and the Queen.

"One of the great rites of spring in Louisville is hearing the Delta Queen and the Belle of Louisville chug it out on the Ohio River," Abramson said. "But, unfortunately, the Queen's great calliope is being silenced."

A public ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, followed by music, food and other entertainment. A final farewell to the Delta is at 8 p.m., when she sets cruise. Admission to the party is free - and special events for families and children are planned until 11 p.m.

The Queen, built in 1926, is losing a federal exemption that allows it to make overnight passenger cruises. She must stop cruising Nov. 1 - and she also will no longer be able to participate in the Great Steamboat Race, a signature event for the Kentucky Derby Festival.

"It's a very sad day to see this beautiful piece of history cease to ply the nation's waters," said Linda Harris, CEO of the Belle.

Keith Norrington 10-22-2008 09:52 AM

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Thanks, Franz, for the extra reminder about the "Wharf Party" on Friday. As I mentioned elsewhere, the weather forecast is for 80% chance of showers and temps going down into the 40's. Nonetheless, many steamboat buffs and buffettes will undoubtedly be "on deck" to bid the DQ "adieu" and we'll regard the rain as "tears" for a sad occasion. But we'll remain positive and not give up hope for a happy ending that will keep the DQ rolling on the river!

See you down on the levee!

Photo: Capt. Doc Hawley and Yours Truly on DQ - May, 2003. Photo by Lil Prater Smith.


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