Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade

The 2013 Pegasus Parade.
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The Pegasus Parade is a parade down Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street held annually on the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby. The Pegasus Parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatable cartoon characters, equestrians, and celebrities. 

Participating in the Pegasus Parade

The Pegasus Parade wouldn't exist if it weren't for the talented locals that put their skills together to create floats, play music, and dress up to entertain the parade crowd. Each year the Kentucky Derby Festival organization recruits local high school and college bands to play music for the parade. They recruit individuals and businesses to create the floats for the parade. They recruit equestrian units and clowns, dance groups, and just about any other creative group that can offer a good show for the parade.

If you want to join in on the fun of the Pegasus Parade, visit the Parade Entry Information page of the ​Kentucky Derby Festival website.

While the Pegasus Parade is the oldest Kentucky Derby Festival event, it is certainly one of many. Every year, the two weeks of the Kentucky Derby Festival are packed with dozens of different events. Of course, some events are more popular than others. Here are a few articles to get your planning started: