Happy birthday, Belle of Louisville

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Birthday parties don't usually have hundreds of thousands of guests, but for riverboats turning 100, everything is a little bigger.

The Belle of Louisville's centennial birthday celebration is this week. The event has been years in the planning, and six riverboats are expected for the Centennial Festival Riverboats Tuesday through Sunday.

Planned events include dozens of cruises, riverboat races and parades, fireworks, a balloon glow and musical entertainment. Click

for more information about the events offered. Many are free and open to the public.

The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau expects all the activities to bring as many as 300,000 people, creating an economic impact of $6 million.

The Belle was launched in Pittsburgh as the Idlewild in October 1914. Jefferson County bought the boat at auction in 1962 for $34,000.

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