disco ballIt may sound like an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not. Kentucky’s Largest Disco Ball is here.

Last summer, we brought you the story of a group of “rag-tag Louisvillians” who were on a quest to produce the World’s Largest Disco Ball — a record currently held by a 33-foot ball on the Isle of Wright. On Friday at Fourth Street Live, the group will display the first step toward the world record: Kentucky’s Largest Disco Ball.

Kentucky’s Largest Disco Ball measures more than 11 feet in diameter and weighs over 2,000 pounds. The unveiling takes place at 10 a.m. with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Council President David Yates in attendance.

W.M. Kelley Company metal fabricators of New Albany, Ind., constructed the ball, whose sponsors include Alltrade Service Solutions and Louisville Downtown Partnership.

Friday evening, Fourth Street Live will host a performance by cover band Tony & The Tan Lines at 8 p.m. “Tony and the Tan Lines capture the smooth soul of the ’70s and the hot Miami sound of the early ’80s,” a new release states. “Party-goers are encouraged to dress in their finest Disco attire for a costume and dance contest. All festivities are free and open to the public.”

Disco balls, called “mirror balls” or “glitter balls” back in the day, first appeared in dance halls in the late 1890s.

Nearly all disco balls are made right here in Louisville by Omega National Products. During the disco era, Omega produced thousands of balls a week. Now the company is primarily known for making cabinets and only produces a dozen or so balls a week.

The current record holder for the largest ball in the world, the Isle of Wight disco ball, was commissioned for a four-day music festival by musician and producer Nile Rogers so he could host “the world’s largest disco party.”

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