The kick off event to the Great Balloon Race. Balloon pilots fire up the balloons but do not fly anywhere. The spectacular lighted affect is truly remarkable and is the reason that this is such a highly anticipated and appreciated part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow is a companion event to the race, the balloons inflate in their launch position on the field, but do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, watch as the balloons glow against the blackness of the night sky, synchronized to a special musical score. You are invited to walk around the field and talk to the pilots as they have more time to show off their balloons than on race morning.