"Fun for the Arts" sets the theme for annual Pegasus Parade May - WDRB 41 Louisville News

"Fun for the Arts" sets the theme for annual Pegasus Parade May 5

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 61st Republic Bank Pegasus Parade kicks off the longest running Derby Festival event at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2016.

Republic Bank's Steve Trager says this year's theme is "Fun for the Arts." Kentucky's own Jordan Smith, winner of season 9 of The Voice and Republic Records recording artist, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2016 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. He'll be joined by Honorary Grand Marshals - University of Louisville Seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis - fan favorites on the Men's Basketball Team.

Other guests scheduled to appear in the Pegasus Parade include: Actor Will Chase of ABC's hit show "Nashville" (born in Frankfort, KY); Adriana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor of Bravo TV's "Vanderpump Rules"; Monte Durham of TLC's "Say Yes To The Dress: ATL"; Ray J & Princess Love from VH1's "Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood; Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell; Miss Kentucky 2015 Clark Davis; and Star Jones - Business Exec, Attorney, Best Selling Author and TV personality.

The parade will march west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street. The parade is one of the festival's most cherished and popular events, attracting thousands of spectators to downtown streets.

Tickets for the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade are still available. They can be purchased Wednesday at will call from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Patrons who have already purchased tickets may pick them up at the will-call office located in the Brown Theatre lobby (on Broadway between 3rd and 4th streets). This is the only location tickets may be picked up on Parade Day.

Floats from 11 sponsoring organizations will be featured: Belle Of Louisville, CenterStage/J Arts & Ideas at the JCC, City of St. Matthews, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Hwang's Martial Arts, Kentuckiana Pride Foundation, Kosair Shriners/Kosair Charities, Metro Parks & Recreation, Norton Healthcare, Second Chance @ Life, and The Fillies', Inc.

The parade will also feature: 2 push floats, 15 equestrian units, 10 marching bands, and 31 specialty units.

9 Inflatable characters scheduled to participate include: AAA East Central (Otto the Auto), CareSource (Apollo from Pajanimals), Horseshoe Southern Indiana (Horseshoe), LG&E (Louie the Lightning Bug), Republic Bank (Peggy Bank), RiverLink (Giant Sun), Stage One Family Theatre (Dragon), Zaxby's (Coca-Cola Bear), and ZirMed, Inc. (Scooby Doo).

About the Pegasus Parade:

The Pegasus Parade - the Derby Festival's founding event - is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. The first parade was organized by just a handful of volunteers in 1956 on a budget of $640. It provides an estimated impact of $22 million to the area's economy. The Derby Festival is now an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.

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