59th Annual Parade to Step off on May 1

April 23, 2014.  Louisville, KY.  Businesses sponsoring inflatable balloons in the 2014 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will practice at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront from 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM (weather permitting) on Sunday, April 27.  Participants will be instructed in proper balloon handling and will be practicing with one of the inflatable character balloons – Frankie Sumatra “Tiger” Balloon.

The 2014 Republic Bank Derby Festival Pegasus Parade will feature several amazing inflatables.  Republic Bank’sPeggy Bank” Pegasus balloon will lead the Parade of more than 100 units. The Parade is Thursday, May 1, on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth. Step-off for the parade is 5:00 PM. 

The giant inflatable character balloons are always a crowd favorite.  The balloons are inflated with helium the morning of the parade and led down the route by employees and volunteers of the sponsoring companies and organizations.  Some of the balloons are more than 60 feet tall.  On average, each balloon requires more than 6000 cubic feet of helium to come to life.

2014 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Character Balloons

AAA East Central “Otto the Auto”

Horseshoe Southern Indiana “Horseshoe”

LG&E “Louie the Lightning Bug”

Republic Bank “Peggy Bank

ZirMed, Inc. “Animal” from The Muppet Show

StageOne Family Theatre “Gator”

Tickets for the parade are still available online at www.kdf.org or by calling the Derby Festival Hotline at (502) 584-FEST. Ticket prices are $10 for bleacher seats and $12 for chair seating.

The Pegasus Parade – the Derby Festival’s founding event – is one of the more than seventy events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two- week period. 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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