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Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade May 2nd

Almost everyone loves a parade and since 1956 the Pegasus Parade has been a part of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival. Lovers of floats, marching bands, inflatables and more will gather on May 2nd on Broadway from Campbell Street to 9th Street to watch the colorful entourage. This traditional family-friendly event is themed "Now, That's Entertainment" and starts at 5:00 p.m.

What Derby parade would be complete without beautiful horses? Another tradition in the Pegasus Parade is the showcasing of some of the amazing equestrian talent in the area, trotting along as a reminder of the reason for the celebration. Among animal parade participants is the Louisville Metro Animal Shelter, who will be bringing furry friends to celebrate their "On the Right Track" theme showcasing many adoptable animals.

Parade enthusiasts may be surprised to learn that the first Pegasus Parade was held with a budget of only $640 and had an organizational staff of a whopping four volunteers. The event drew such a positive reaction that it was instantly decided the parade would become a traditional part of Louisville's Derby celebrations. The Pegasus Parade is known to gather one of the largest crowds during the Derby celebrations and currently has over 500 organizational volunteers, along with over 2,500 participants and the numbers increase yearly.

The "Now, That's Entertainment" themed 2013 Pegasus Parade will be led down the 17 blocks of Broadway by the "Peggy Bank" inflatable Pegasus balloon on May 2nd. This much loved tradition is one families won't want to miss.

To learn about other fun things to do in the area, please visit our Louisville Homes website.

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