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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Cardinal Men and Women have decided to accept the Kentucky Derby Festival's offer to be Grand Marshals in this year's Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade.
That's according to a news release from the KDF's press office.
"Having both teams make it to the championship game has rallied our city and we couldn't think of a better way to honor them than asking both teams to participate in what is undeniably one of the biggest events in the city each year," said Mike Berry, President & CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival.
The Festival asked fans to 'share' and 'retweet' a Tuesday social media post to help support the invitation. In three days, more than 150,000 fans viewed the post and thousands more shared it.
This year's parade is scheduled for May 2, and will feature the University of Louisville Marching Band as its opening act at 5:30 p.m.
Cheerleaders and pep squads will also be invited to participate. A limited number of tickets for U of L students are available for $5. Students must stop by the Kentucky Derby Festival Office at 1001 S. Third Street and present their student I.D. to purchase the tickets. There is a limit of 2 tickets per student.
The theme for this year's parade is "Now, That's Entertainment!" The annual spectacle marches west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street and will feature approximately 100 units.