April 8, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – The 2014 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will feature a ‘Kentucky Marshal’ and a ‘Theme Marshal’ when it steps off on Broadway on Thursday, May 1st.  The Kentucky Derby Festival made the announcement at the position draw for the 59th annual parade held tonight at The Louisville Zoo.


In honor of this year’s parade theme “Call of the Wild,” Jeff Corwin, host of ABC’s Ocean Mysteries will be the Theme Marshal.  Actor Josh Hopkins, Lexington-born star of Cougar Town will be the Kentucky Marshal.


Following tonight’s position draw for floats and inflatables, the line-up for the event is now set.  The 2014 Parade will feature at least 14 floats, many of them built by the employees of the companies sponsoring them. The following companies drew for their float position in the parade at tonight’s event, as well as the sponsors of the six participating inflatable 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”





CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center

Centennial Festival of Riverboats – Waterfront


City of St. Matthews

Grand Lodge of Kentucky

Hwang’s Martial Arts

Kentuckiana Pride Festival



Kosair Charities/Kosair Shriners

Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation

Norton Healthcare

ResCare/Signature Healthcare

Second Chance@Life

S.O.C.K.S. Inc

The Fillies, Inc.

The Louisville Zoo


The parade theme will be used by sponsoring companies to help direct the building of floats and costuming of the inflatable handlers and crew. The floats and inflatables compete for various awards based on originality, eye appeal, theme representation, animation, attention to detail and enthusiasm. Marching bands use the theme to help with musical selection and it is the basis of costume and concept design for the other marching units. The annual spectacle marches west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street and will feature more than 100 units.


Spectators will have an opportunity to preview each float at the Republic Bank Derby Festival Parade Preview Party on Tuesday, April 29, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, in the South Wing. 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 very first Festival event in 1956, the Pegasus Parade remains a community favorite. Tickets sell out quickly and thousands of families come downtown to enjoy the parade. This single-day event has an estimated economic impact of $14 million.

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