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Cyndi Lauper to lead Pegasus Parade

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Louisville, Ky. (WDRB)  -- Cyndi Lauper will lead the Kentucky Derby Festival's annual Pegasus Parade down Broadway on May 3rd.

The grammy-winning singer is best-known for her big hit "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

Lauper will attend several derby events while she is in town.  She will also be filming for a reality show. She will perform a brief set before the start of the Pegasus Parade and will appear earlier that day at the Derby Festival's Celebrity Day at the Downs at Churchill Downs. She will also attend the Barnstable Brown party on Derby eve. 

Lauper most recently released her 11th studio album, the Grammy nominated Memphis Blues. 2012 is proving to be another stellar year, as Lauper is expected to release her autobiography through Simon & Schuster. She will launch her own reality show on WE tv in partnership with Mark Burnett Productions, is completing work writing the music for the Broadway show "Kinky Boots," and continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund.

The Republic Bank Pegasus Parade starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd. It runs along Broadway from Ninth to Campbell Streets.  Bleacher tickets are $9 and chair seating is $11. Review stand seating is $26.

The 2011 grand marshals were a group of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients: World War II veteran Hershel "Woody" Williams of West Virginia; Korean War veteran Ernie West of Russell, Ky.; Vietnam War veteran Gary Littrell of Henderson, Ky; and Vietnam War veteran Don Jenkins of Quality, Ky. (Honorary Grand Marshals:  Bellarmine University's NCAA Division II men's national champion basketball team).

Among past grand marshals for the annual parade are notables including boxing great Muhammad Ali, basketball coaches Joe B. Hall, Denny Crum and Rick Pitino, Darrell Griffith, Kyle Macy, Professional golfer Kenny Perry, jockey Pat Day, country legend Loretta Lynn, Colonel Harland Sanders, Secretariat owner Penny Chenery, celebrity chef Bobby Flay, General Normal Schwarzkopf, and actors John Wayne, Ed Asner and William Shatner.

The parade, first held in 1956, is the Derby Festival's oldest and founding event.  It began on a budget of $640 and now provides an impact in excess of $22 million to the local economy.

To find out more about the Kentucky Derby Festival and upcoming events, click here.

To read more about Lauper's current projects, click here.


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