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CRAWFORD | Bridgewater named Grand Marshal of the Derby Festival Pegasus Parade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — In his final season as University of Louisville quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater never got to experience Senior Day festivities, even though he graduated in his three seasons with the program.

Now, fans will get a chance to show their appreciation in a grand setting. The Minnesota Vikings and former U of L quarterback was named Grand Marshal of the Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade on Monday.

“This year's theme is ‘Best of Louisville' and we know fans will agree that Teddy is just that,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO.  “We are excited to have him back to participate in one of the biggest events in the city each year.”

Bridgewater, a Miami native, was a freshman All-American and Big East rookie of the year as a freshman in 2011, led U of L to a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida after the 2012 season and was most outstanding player in the Russell Athletic Bowl after directing a win over Miami as a junior.

Following his graduation with a degree in sports administration, Bridgewater was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The youngest Minnesota Viking, Bridgewater was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year in his first season. 

The Pegasus Parade marches west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street and will feature approximately 100 units. Tickets for the Parade are on sale now online at or by calling the Derby Festival Hotline at (502) 584-FEST. Ticket prices are $10 for bleacher seats, $12 chair seating and $30 review stand seats.

The Pegasus Parade – the Derby Festival's oldest founding event – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Kentucky Derby Festival.

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