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SLIDESHOW: Pegasus Parade Derby float preview

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby Festival held its preview of the Pegasus Parade on Tuesday.  Click on the "filmstrip" above to see the slideshow.

It takes countless volunteer hours to put the floats together with all the glitz and glamour. One float was a mini downtown Louisville. It had a mini Galt House and KFC Yum Center.

Children spent the day getting an up-close look at Curious George, saying hello to Pure Tap, and all the other stars of Thursday's Pegasus Parade.

Caroline Donovan was with a group of homeschoolers and says, "The Kosair Children's one is pretty amazing. It looks realistic."

Susan Donovan says, "I thought it was great. It's a nice day to come during the day when it's not so crowded. It's just fun for the kids to see them up close when they're not driving by so fast."

For the CenterStage Float, Artistic Director John Leffert says the process all started in November with his design that had to be approved by the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Leffert says, "We rent the trailer every year, so we got it last Monday and it's all volunteer built and hand-painted and done, so hundreds of hours of putting it together this week."

Leffert says they put what's called petal paper all over the float to make it shine. Crews glittered letters and he painted all the banners. He says, "Our lighting designer does the lights, and our sound designer does the sound, and we have fog tonight and costumed actors, so it's a lot of work. It's like doing a production."

Kids left the event feeling like kings and queens. They learned more about the floats and what it takes to put them together.  Visitor Abbie Rad said, "I like all of them, there's not really a favorite."

Susan Donovan says, "The Kosair Children's Float, it was beautiful. It looked like a lot of detail went in it. It represented children doing different activities so that's the one the kids liked too."

The Pegasus signature inflatable is always a crowd favorite. That is located at the entrance of the event.

The Parade Preview runs from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday in the North Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. You'll need a Pegasus Pin to get in. Parking costs $8.

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