Bad weather expected to affect -- but not cancel -- 2017 Pegasus Parade
When the 62nd Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade heads down Broadway this afternoon, everyone will be watching the weather as well as the floats.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 62nd Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade heads down Broadway Thursday afternoon, rain or shine.
More than 100 entries from floats, to marching bands, to politicians will brave the weather to participate.
"We're just excited to be in the Pegasus Parade," said Kyleen Kelly of Second Chance at Life, an organization that promotes organ donation.
Kelly says it took 30 people six months to design and build their float, which, she says, is perfect for this year's parade theme, Louisville On the Move.
"We're using an 18-wheeler to move organ donations, and save lives," she said.
Kelley says her group prepared for the weather with, "Lots of ponchos and prayer."
She said Second Chance will not let a few raindrops drown its 20th year in the parade.
"Nothing ever affects organ donation awareness," said Kelly.
Crews put the finishing touches on their floats knowing that bad weather has delayed but never canceled the Pegasus Parade.
"Bring your rain gear, you can bring umbrellas. We just ask that you be aware of people around you. Try not to obstruct any views for the parade. You can also bring tarps to sit on," said Kentucky Derby Festival spokesperson Aimee Boyd.
Cheryl Bone is ready.
"I got my umbrella. I come prepared."
She staked out a spot along the parade route a full five hours early, and says she can't recall ever missing it.
"I love the parade," said Bone.
Last year's parade was marred by a shooting incident, but Bone says she's not concerned.
"They have enough security coming down here, so I ain’t going to worry about it. No worry."
LMPD says it beefed up security this year, including more plainclothes officers in the crowd.
"LMPD was in force last year, and were able to contain the incident, and the parade marched on. And we know they're prepared for this year,” said Boyd.
Whether the concern is security or stormy skies, Kyleen Kelley is keeping the whole thing in perspective.
"My son celebrates 17 years of a liver transplant May the 17th, so every day's a good day for us," Kelley said.
The parade launches at 5:00 p.m. with local superstar group Linkin’ Bridge as the Grand Marshal.
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