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West Louisville dancers denied spot in Pegasus Parade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some Louisville parents and dance coaches are upset their children won't be included in a popular Derby Festival event.

As a result, they are planning to protest the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade.

The coaches and dancers of local dance and step teams are angry because they are not being allowed to perform in the annual parade.

"Every year I apply for a spot in the parade," said Trena Waddles with Kentucky Dance and Step Alliance.

Waddles is a youth organizer and says the Kentucky Dance and Step Alliance is made up of several west Louisville youth dance teams.

"And I give those children a chance to come together as one instead of competing against each other."

For years, Waddles and her dancers have been a part of the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade, but this year they were denied, and she's making some pretty bold statements about why.

"I believe it is a west Louisville thing," Waddles said. "So, all the west Louisville youth was segregated from being a part of the parade this year just because of our culture and what we teach."

WDRB's Stephan Johnson took Waddles concerns and allegations directly to Kentucky Derby Officials.

"Stephan, I am so sad to hear that. That is not the reason we deny anybody from where ... the location that they live," said Marita Willis with the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Willis is a Kentucky Derby Festival Director and says Kentucky Dance and Step was denied access because of compliance issues.

"One year they applied for 300 participants and they showed up with 500 participants. This year, they applied with 900 participants and no telling how many they would show up with," Willis said.

"This is very hurtful to the young ones," said Christopher 2X with Fight Crimes Against Children.

2X has been a liaison between the dancers, coaches and Kentucky Derby Festival officials. He said they are now planning protests. The first outside on March 21 outside KDF's 3rd street office.

"We are going to stand in full force with our signs ... (We've) got seven different teams, plus parents and our supporters, so just be ready to answer us," Waddles said.

And the other will be the day of the parade. 2X said it will have a familiar look and theme.

"They are using kind of the cue from Beyonce at the Super Bowl to create what is called the formation protest."

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