LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Seventeen blocks of West Broadway were shut down Thursday from Campbell to Ninth Streets as the oldest event in the Kentucky Derby Festival rolled through downtown Louisville.

Famous faces like Denny Crum, Montel Williams, Gov. Matt Bevin and Mayor Greg Fischer waved to crowds along the Pegasus Parade route. Some other fan favorites to see in the parade included first responders, fire trucks, police horses and dance groups.

“(I like) how they do their dances, and I think their music is really cool,” said Geneva Myers who came with her mom to the parade.

In order to get a good spot, a lot of people came out early. Some families even had their seats ready five hours before the parade even started.

“We've been coming out here for 13 years, and we've not missed a day," said Leighann Myers who brought her children to the parade. "So we've always done the parade, and it's always something I've wanted the kids to do."

Louisville Metro Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office also had a large presence along the parade route to keep everyone safe.

KDF officials said the Pegasus Parade is one of the largest parades in the country.

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