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Kirby Derby

A Raleigh Tradition Since 2002


Costumes and silliness galore.
An offbeat parade.
A kids competition of pinebox cars.
A soapbox derby.

Kirby Derby is an invitation for creative expression and community engagement. Fun creativity that is free from critique is a powerful contributor to happiness.

On one day a year since 2002, the tiny little neighborhood of Pullen Park Terrace grew well beyond its normal size to invite friends and friends of friends (and so on) to join them in celebrating creative expression and home grown fun. That first year, the single event was a parade. On year 5, the now famous Kirby Derby Derby – of the soapbox variety – was added. This Raleigh tradition has continued to grow and gather loyal fans ever since.

An all volunteer effort, Kirby Derby takes about 6 months to plan and produce. Kirby Derby is an event that is free to all and is enjoyed by spectators and participants from all over the Raleigh area – and beyond!

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