March 24, 2022. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival hopes to get everyone in the spirit of celebrating spring, as it travels around the community with the Zoeller Pump Company Touring Parade on Saturday, April 2. With around a dozen units, the traveling display will cover several miles and drive through more than 30 neighborhoods around Louisville and Jefferson County. Fans along the route are encouraged to decorate their homes and neighborhoods. Routes are posted online at KDF.org.

“We want the entire community to feel a part of the Derby Festival celebration,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “Traveling around the city helps us reach fans in a whole new way. We hope to see everyone lining their sidewalks again this year as we kick off our month-long celebration.”

The parade will be traveling around the community on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine). Below are some of the areas and neighborhoods where the touring parade will travel.

  • 9 a.m.: Leaves Kentucky Exposition Center (en route to Zoeller Pump Company)
  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Taylor-Berry, North Shively
  • 10 a.m.: Ribbon Cutting at Zoeller Pump Company (Official Start of Touring Parade)
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Hallmark, Park DuValle, Parkland, Chickasaw, Shawnee, Russell
  • Noon – 2 p.m.: Parkland, California, Limerick, Old Louisville, Smoketown/Shelby Park, Germantown, Highlands, Tyler Park, Deer Park, Belknap, Hayfield Dundee
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Bashford Manor, Newburg, Highview, Okolona, Auburndale
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Kenwood Hills, Iroquois Park, Cloverleaf, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Highland Park

The timing of when the parade arrives at each area will be pending traffic and logistics as it moves through the community. It will be traveling at about 15 mph to give residents a chance to see it. A complete list of the streets and areas along the touring parade route is posted online at KDF.org/parade.

“At Zoeller, we are looking forward to traveling around the community with the Derby Festival again and getting everyone excited for all the upcoming events,” said Dwight C. Newton, Zoeller Pump Company Chief People Officer. “For more than 83 years the Zoeller Company has called Louisville home. We love this city and all of our Team members, customers, suppliers and shareholders. The whole group is what makes this work. This partnership is just one way we can give a little back.”

The touring parade will feature:

4 Inflatable balloon characters: Zoeller Pump Company (Goldie Pegasus), Buddy the Dinosaur, Brainy Smurf, and Daniel Tiger

Festival VIPs: 2022 Derby Festival Board Chair, Mike Shea and the 2022 Royal Court riding the Derby City Express

Specialty Units: Kosair Shriner’s Calliope, TARC Design-A-Bus showcasing local student artwork, on route music provided by Zoeller Pump Company

Along the route: KDF Spirit Squad will be onsite at the 10 a.m. start, as well as a few stops along the route!

The Festival invites residents to line the sidewalks as the parade travels through the community. Fans can share photos of the Zoeller Pump Company Traveling Parade on social media using the hashtags #KyDerbyFestival and #LouisvilleLove as part of this year’s festivities.

The Pegasus Parade is the founding event of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The first parade marched in 1956 to create a way for the community to celebrate before the historic horse race. It was organized by just a handful of volunteers on a budget of $640. Since then, the Festival has become a whirlwind of many events.

Zoeller Pump Company is the Title Sponsor of the touring parade, joining Contributing Sponsor Kentucky Venues.

About Kentucky Derby Festival
2022 marks the 67th year for the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, more than 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. It entertains more than 1.5 million people every spring and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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