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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The excitement was wild for the Pegasus Parade Thursday afternoon, where an estimated 200,000 people lined the streets along with police, who were there to ensure a safe and enjoyable parade.
This year’s parade featured over 100 units, including 15 floats, 16 equestrian units, 1 camel, 6 inflatables, 11 marching bands, 2 push floats and 28 specialty units.
Like every year, some onlookers lined up early to get front row seats. Perched on the edge of E. Broadway, are a pair of women who stake out the same spot every Pegasus Parade. Don't ask them how long they've been sitting there, because they won't tell you.
"These are our folks," said Sue Fridenstine. "We're not bleacher folks."
"My mother used to take us out of school and we'd come down early to save a spot," she added.
This year, they'll wait six hours for the big show.
"I used to bring a book, but who would read a book when you can do all this great people watching?" Fridenstine said.
But many people have been waiting -- and working -- for much longer than that.
"We can only build for two weeks building this, so we spend probably about 15-18 hours a day for the last two weeks to get this done," said John Leffert, the Center State artistic director.
And with so much build-up to the event, the importance of safety weighs heavily. Police increased patrols after an outbreak of teen violence in March.
"I think there's a concern that some of that could happen, so I think it's the responsible thing to do to be prepared for that," said Louisville Metro Police Major Kelly Jones.
They'll also be monitoring the parade using new security cameras purchased just in time for Thunder.
"The technology was awesome, the quality was awesome, and we felt that it would be the responsible thing to do to put some of those up and down along Broadway," Maj. Jones said.
But those on both sides of the parade route say they aren't worried.
"When you make the turn onto Broadway it's the most awesome thing in the world," said one attendee. "They tease me because I cry every year when we make the turn."
The parade marched for 17 blocks, from Campbell Street to 9th Street, and lasts about two hours.
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