May 1, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – Festival fans can get a special preview of this week’s parade at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in South Wing C. 2017 marks the 62nd annual parade, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, May 4.

Each parade float and inflatable will be on display, complete with costumed characters, as well as equestrian units. Stage performances from local dance groups will also be featured. A special area showcasing education will include The Alley Theater Arts Caravan, which will be giving away books to support literacy and the Louisville Free Public Library. The theme of this year’s parade is “Louisville On the Move.”

“This year’s theme is twofold with both a health focus, as well as a nod to how the city continues to grow and progress,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “There are many different ways to depict ‘Louisville on the Move’ and we look forward to seeing all the creative and original designs.”

The 2017 Parade will feature 11 equestrian units, 13 floats, including 1 push float, 11 marching bands, 16 specialty units and 6 inflatable character balloons.

Floats: Inflatable Balloon Characters:
Belle of Louisville

City of St. Matthews

Grand Lodge of Kentucky

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

Hwang’s Martial Arts

Indiana University Southeast

Kentuckiana Pride Festival

Kosair Shriners/Kosair Charities

Masonic Homes of Kentucky

Metro Parks & Recreation

Norton Healthcare

Second Chance @ Life

The Fillies, Inc.

Push Float: Passport

CareSource “Super Grover”

Horseshoe Southern Indiana “Horseshoe”

LG&E “Louie the Lightning Bug”

Republic Bank “Peggy Bank”

StageOne “Flying Elephant”

ZirMed, Inc. “Blue Angels Balloon”


Admission to the Pegasus Parade Preview Party is a 2017 Pegasus Pin. Children can participate in the Fun Pass Program, collecting stamps from the parade units to receive a free Parade Preview metal pin. Private tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 2, and the event will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fans can also vote on their favorite parade inflatable and float online at KDF.org/PeoplesChoice.  The winner will be announced in the parade on Thursday. Tickets for the Parade are on sale now online at KDF.org. Ticket prices are $10 for bleacher seats, $12 chair seating and $30 VIP seats.

Republic Bank is title sponsor of the event.  Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX and Today’s Family Magazine.

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