The Kentucky Derby Festival's 2013 Pegasus Parade
It's interesting that one of Louisville's greatest claims-to-fame is what many refer to as 'the most exciting two minutes in sports'. Churchill Downs, located in Louisville, is a constant tourist draw because of The Kentucky Derby's long and unwavering presence in history. For that one day in May every year, families and parties packed with people across the country tune in to watch those thrilling two minutes, oftentimes screaming and rooting for their favorite horse to win the run for the roses.
While many events preceed the Kentucky Derby (Thunder Over Louisville, The Balloon Glow, Derby Festival Marathon, etc.), none are quite like the Pegasus Parade. Since 1956, the Pegasus Parade has been a staple for both Louisvillians and out-of-towners eager to soak up the Derby experience. One of the greatest things about the Pegasus Parade is that it's free to the public, and that there are so many places on Broadway where one can stand and view the parade. For two hours, various floats, horses, and marching bands proceed down Broadway in Downtown, showcasing the excitement that electrifies the city every year around Derby time. There's a reason this city gets so worked up around Derby--we're so proud to host one of the greatest sporting events in human history.
Every year, the Pegasus Parade has a 'Grand Marshal' who hosts the events, and oftentimes it's a well-known celebrity the city is eager to welcome. In past years, Grand Marshal's have included Muhammed Ali, John Wayne, Diane Sawyer, Rick Pitino, and Loretta Lynn. The Grand Marshal for the 2013 Pegasus Parade on May 2nd will be the men and women's basketball teams from the University of Louisville. Especially after the men's triumphant win at the NCAA tournement, people are sure to get excited when they see their favorite players such as seniors Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, Russ Smith, and MVP of the NCAA Final Four, Luke Hancock.
The 2013 Pegasus Parade is sure to be an event to remember. If you've never been, go this year and enjoy the food, music, and excitement that comes to Louisville every May before the Derby. The parade will begin at 5 PM. While there are many places to stand and see the Pegasus Parade for free, tickets can be purchased for some of the best seats available. Ifinterested, visit the following link for tickets: https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/KDF/Online/seatSelect.asp.