Neighborhood Night brings hustle and bustle back to Bardstown Road


Neighborhood Night on Bardstown Road is one of the first public event series to reintroduce “going out” since the start of the COVID pandemic and social unrest that plagued Louisville for the last year.

On Wednesday, the street was full of businesses with ‘open’ signs, people walking, and a trolley with open seats.

“I got off work early today,” Patty Weider said. “We thought it would be a good opportunity to get out and do something fun.”

The Highlands – “Weird, independent and proud” building mural on Bardstown Road

The hustle and bustle of Bardstown Road was worth the wait for Weider and her three daughters, one of which was most excited to stop by a snow cone stand.

“The snow cone place!” Leona Weider said. “Where? The snow cone place!”

As a summer job and while he’s not in school, CJ Rush works on Bardstown Road. After the pandemic and witnessing the protests spill onto Bardstown Road, Rush said he did not know what to expect once restrictions were lifted in Louisville.

“I’m excited for the small businesses that survived and are coming back, and did all these cool interesting ways to stay open,” Rush said.

A festival atmosphere filled the streets and the air as bands played for patrons who business owners hope will continue to open their wallets in the Highlands.

“Support the businesses,” Bob Atkin, the president of the Deer Park Association, said. “It’s not just people who live here, it’s really about all of Louisville.”

On the third Wednesday of every month, Neighborhood Night includes trolley rides, music, food, and business events. Everything begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

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