Last year's AIDS Walk went through downtown. | Courtesy of Louisville AIDS Walk

Last year’s AIDS Walk went through downtown. | Courtesy of Louisville AIDS Walk

The Louisville AIDS Walk and Pet Walk is the largest annual HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event in our area. Now in its 23rd year, the event, run by the Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance, has moved to Iroquois Park. Thousands are expected to participate on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The move to Iroquois Park allows organizers to spread out the activities, and new this year will be free photos from Magbooth; a KidZone featuring bounce houses and face painting; a PetZone with free pet toys and an adoption booth; food and beverages from the likes of Apocalypse Brew Works and FlavaVille; and much more.

AIDSWalk-x650xThe Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance was founded in 1993 and strives to unite, educate and empower the Louisville community as well as support those affected by the disease. Although big strides have been made in the medical field when it comes to treating HIV/AIDS, some of those diagnosed still need financial support for themselves and their families for things like emergency housing assistance, nutrition, high-cost medications and more.

The Louisville AIDS Walk is free, and donations are encouraged. Registration opens on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. The 1.5-mile walk begins at 11:30, followed by festivities that last until 4 p.m.