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The stars are out this week in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.  – The stars are coming out for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival events. The Festival released this year’s celebrity guest list this morning. Many of the VIPs will take part in both the Celebrity Day at the Downs event on Thursday, May 2, as well as the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade later that same day, and some will attend the Trifecta Gala on Derby Eve  “We’re excited to have several special guests joining us for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Stacey Robinson, Kentucky Derby Festival EVP and Chief of Staff. “They’re always awed by our spring time celebration…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous parade will be super powered

  Grand Marshals Announced, Line-Up Set for May 2 Event Louisville, KY.  – This year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will celebrate everyone’s favorite superheroes. Themed “Pegasus Power,” the Kentucky Derby Festival is inviting everyone who comes to the parade to dress in superhero costumes. Also in costume will be this year’s Grand Marshals, who are heroes in comic books and on the big screen – Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Widow. The Marvel Characters will ride down Broadway on May 2. “The parade has been bringing families and the community together for more than 60 years,” said Mike Berry, KDF…


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Position Draw for LouisvilleKy’s famous Parade set for Tuesday

 Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Position Draw on Tuesday, April 16, at SuperChefs at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville. The 2019 float and inflatable sponsors will be introduced as they draw for positions in the parade.   The 64th Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 2, is themed “Pegasus Power,” and will be a spectacle of colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables, equestrians and celebrities parading down Broadway in downtown Louisville. Nearly 250,000 spectators are expected to line the 1.7-mile route to enjoy the more than 100 units in the two-hour…


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Here’s your LouisvilleKY Derby Festival schedule for Thursday

Louisville, KY., – As usual, it’s a busy time in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Festival events abound – all leading up to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.  Here is a schedule for Thursday’s fun:   Stars at Churchill Downs: KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY DAY AT THE DOWNS PRESENTED BY KENTUCKIANA HONDA DEALERS.  11:30 AM.  Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. SOLD OUT. Sponsor:  Kentuckiana Honda Dealers.  Contributing Sponsor: Macy’s. Media Sponsors: The Voice-Tribune and 106.9 PLAY. #ThrowbackThursday Parade: REPUBLIC BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS® PARADE.  5 PM.  West on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street. This annual parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians. Bleacher tickets $10 and…


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Grand Marshals named for Louisville’s beloved parade

    Louisville, KY.  – This year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will be a blast from the past for Festival fans. In honor of this year’s parade theme “ThrowbackThursday,” former coaching rivals and basketball fan favorites Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum will serve as the parade’s Co-Grand Marshals. It’s a familiar role for the coaches who also participated in the 1975 parade. “The parade is the event that started the Festival 63 years ago and this year’s march will be a trip down memory lane,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “Who better to evoke great memories than two coaches…


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KDF and Kentucky Lottery asking LouisvilleKY and beyond for the 2018 Festival Fanatic

Louisville, KY.  – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to give away a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky winner will be named the 2018 Festival Fanatic and receive a prize package that includes unique Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment and a ride down Broadway in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade to being the Thundernator – the person who starts the fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville. Plus, they also win $500 worth of spending money! “Being the Festival Fanatic is the experience of a lifetime,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “We get the Kentucky Lottery’s…


No Excuses to Do Nothing Today, Louisville. Here’s Your KDF Schedule

Louisville, Ky., – This is the schedule for TUESDAY’S Festival activities. Free Health Screenings for Families and Children: KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS.  5 PM – 9 PM.  Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing C. Admission is free with a 2015 Pegasus Pin®.  $8 KEC parking fee.  Promoting healthy lifestyles, there will be free health screenings for families. Sponsor: WellCare Health Plans. Contributing Sponsor:  KentuckyOne Health. Media Sponsor: WAKY 103.5. See the Parade before it marches down Broadway: REPUBLIC BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PARADE PREVIEW PARTY. Private group tours 10 AM – 1 PM. Open…


Louisville Natives To Be Honored in 60th Annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade

Louisville, Ky. – The 60th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, themed “Best of Louisville,” will honor some familiar faces from the River City.  Famous Louisvillians whose names you’ll recognize and some whose faces you’ve seen hanging on murals around the city will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals of this year’s parade. “Over the years, the parade has featured a who’s who list of celebrities and hometown favorites,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO. “This year’s parade is living up to its theme – the ‘Best of Louisville’ – and we’re honored to be able to showcase the stars of our community…


Pegasus Parade Grand Marshal is Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville, KY. — Former University of Louisville football star Teddy Bridgewater will return to his college hometown to serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. Bridgewater was quarterback for the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013, and is now quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The 60th annual parade is set to march down Broadway on Thursday, April 30th. “This year’s theme is ‘Best of Louisville’ and we know fans will agree that Teddy is just that,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO.  “We are excited to have him back to participate in one of the biggest events…


Cyndi Lauper Loses It, Launches F-Bomb on Live TV

Happy Oaks Day! Not the best Grand Marshal – WDRB photo Let’s just say the Committee selecting Grand Marshals for the Pegasus Parade laid an ‘F-Bomb’ by picking irrelevant one-hit wonder Cyndi Lauper. I heard a Republic Bank official yesterday on Joe Elliott’s radio show explaining the choice — apparently the theme this year is “fun” and somebody that it would be cool to get the woman who sand “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” But Cyndi Lauper, other than that song, hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with her career. I must say, though, I was a big fan…