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Registration is now open for LouisvilleKy’s 2018 Pegasus Parade

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is looking for participants for next year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. 2018 marks the 63rd annual parade, which will march down Broadway on Thursday, May 3. The application process for groups interested in participating in the parade opens online today.   The Festival is looking for participants in the following categories: Equestrians, Specialty Unit, Marching Band, Inflatable and Float. Parade Participation Guidelines and Applications can be downloaded at KDF.org/PegasusParade. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. For more information about participating in the parade, contact Event Manager Zach Fisher at (502) 572-3853 or zfisher@kdf.org. The Pegasus Parade – the Derby…


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Registration now open for LouisvilleKY’s KDF 2018 Cycling Event

  Louisville, KY. – Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual cycling event is officially open! The PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 29, 2018. This will be the fifth year for the cycling event, which features three different distances.   “The PNC Tour de Lou attracts cyclists from around the country each year and continues to grow,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “With different distances, riders at all levels can participate and enjoy a unique tour of our city on wheels.”   KDF is partnering with Louisville Bicycle Club to produce the 2018 PNC Tour…


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LouisvilleKY’s KDF receives International Honors

Louisville, KY., –  Kentucky Derby Festival has a lot of reasons to celebrate! Louisville’s annual civic celebration received 37 top honors at the International Festivals & Events Association’s (IFEA) Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona. The Derby Festival won the Bronze Grand Pinnacle in the “Best Overall Festival Program” category, tying with Destination NSW (The Rocks, NSW Australia). The “Patronato de la Feria Estatal de León y Parque Ecólogico” (León, Gto. Mexico) was runner-up with silver and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (Philadelphia, PA) won gold. The Grand Pinnacle is the IFEA’s highest award. The Festival competes each year against other major…


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Registration now open for LouisvilleKY’s famous KDF miniMarathon and Marathon

Louisville, KY.   – Registration for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Walmart and Humana is now open. New this year, the Festival is kicking off registration at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, new VIP upgrades and exclusive apparel. Plus, the Festival has created a new Race Referral Program which could earn runners free registration for next year’s event. Said Shanna Ward, Race Director, “Being one of the first to register will not only guarantee your spot in the race, but will also get you the lowest rates and best deals.”…


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Kentucky Derby Festival Pin Party this weekend in LouisvilleKY

PARTY LIKE IT’S DERBY FESTIVAL TIME! RARE PEGASUS PINS FOR SALE AT ANNUAL PEGASUS PIN PARTY   Sept. 7, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – You’re invited to the Kentucky Derby Festival’s fifth annual Pegasus Pin Party. The event is this Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Festival’s headquarters at 1001 S. Third Street in Louisville.   The party will feature discount pricing on all past year pins, as well as a special raffle of a complete set of “Instant Win” and “Exchange Pins.” The “Instant Win” pins are an integral part of the Pegasus Pin Program each year…


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New Perks for LouisvilleKY’s favorite miniMarathon and Marathon

Louisville, KY.   – Registration for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Walmart and Humana opens online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com on Tuesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. EST. New this year, the Festival is kicking off registration with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, new VIP upgrades and exclusive apparel. Plus, the Festival has created a new Race Referral Program which could earn runners free registration for next year’s event.   Said Shanna Ward, Race Director, “Being one of the first to register on September 12, will not only guarantee your spot in the race, but will also get…


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Search is on for LouisvilleKY royalty for Kentucky Derby Festival

  August 28, 2017 Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is searching for new royalty! The application process for the 2018 Royal Court opens online TODAY, at KDF.org. Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students (in at least 2nd year) are eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 15.   The Festival’s Royal Court is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies, as well as serve as an official ambassador for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. The program is not a beauty pageant. Each member of the Royal Court receives two $1,000…


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Thunder Over Louisville broadcast around the world July 4th

June 30, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2017 Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville – will be re-broadcast on the American Forces Network Broadcast Center (AFN-BC) to more than a half million U.S. Armed Forces personnel and Department of Defense civilian employees and their families stationed overseas on Independence Day.   “Sharing Thunder Over Louisville is just a small way we can pay tribute to those who are serving our country on this patriotic holiday,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival, who introduces the broadcast along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We hope the…


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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival names 2018 Chair

DATES RELEASED FOR NEXT YEAR’S KDF EVENTS   June 12, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Norton Healthcare’s Scott Watkins will chair the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. He was elected by the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Watkins is Senior Vice President, Operations at Norton Healthcare. He follows the successful leadership of Lisa Stevenson, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival.   Watkins was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2005 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2011. He has served on committees…


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Today is the last day to register Derby Festival Pegasus Pins

Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Derby Festival fans who found a Gold Winner Pin in their 2017 Pegasus Pin Sponsorship envelope must register online at www.PegasusPins.com by 5 p.m. TODAY to be eligible for the drawing of the Gold Pin Grand Prize – Kentuckiana Honda Dealers, 2017 Honda CR-V.  The winner will be drawn this Friday, May 12. This year, the odds of finding a gold winner pin are 1 in 20, with 12,000 of these pins in circulation. Just register your pin using the KDF App or online atwww.PegasusPins.com.  All pins must be registered to be eligible.  …