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SLIDESHOW: 270,000 people cheer Cards along Pegasus Parade route

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby Festival's oldest event, the Pegasus Parade, got a big boost right from the start, drawing in 270,000 people.

It seems like the highlight for everyone was seeing the U of L basketball teams serve as Grand Marshal.

When the teams went by, the crowd went wild.

Cardinal fans lined the streets and most sported their U of L gear.

In the midst of all that, we spotted Beatrice Sanders. She was wearing a very tall, interesting hat.

It turns out, that hat was inspired by the National Champs.

"I started making them in the 80s. This is the shortest one I've had. The others have been real big. I didn't know what I was going to do this year and I was watching the game with my sons and I said that's what I'm going to make, the ball team," Beatrice Sanders tells WDRB.

It took her a month to finish the handmade hat.

If you look closely, you can see each ball player on top.

Luke Hancock is making a slam dunk and there's even little basketball goals up there.

"Every year it just gets bigger and bigger and bigger," said Sanders.

Volunteers lined the parade route making sure everyone stayed safe, as did law enforcement.

"Oh yeah, it feels very safe. It seems like there's more police presence more than in past years but I feel very safe," said Mary Bruce, a Louisville native.

The floats were also popular and there were even some celebrity sightings.

Jason Biggs from American Pie rode by us working the crowd.

As far as the overall flow of the parade, most tell us it was a good lineup but lagged just a little in between the floats.

"I think it's very well organized. I wish it could speed up a little in between segments," said Bruce.

But all agree, the weather could not have been better for the Pegasus Parade.

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