LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fans of the Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade got a sneak preview of the floats and inflatables that will make their way down Broadway on Thursday.
Character balloons, equestrian units and assorted VIPs were on display Wednesday during the Parade Preview Party in South Wing C at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
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The 2015 parade will feature 17 floats, many of them built by employees of the companies sponsoring them, and eight inflatable character balloons.
- Belle Of Louisville
- Brownsboro Hardware & Paint
- CenterStage/ Jewish Community Center
- City of St. Matthews
- Funtown Mountain
- Grand Lodge of Kentucky
- Hwang's Martial Arts
- Kentuckiana Pride Foundation
- Kosair Shriners/Kosair Charities
- Louisville Magazine
- Metro Parks & Recreation
- Norton Healthcare
- Second Chance @ Life
- The Fillies', Inc.
- Winner's Circle FIRST Robotics Team
- AAA East Central- Car
- Hilliard Lyons - Paddington Bear
- Horseshoe Southern Indiana- Horseshoe
- LG&E- Louie the Lightning Bug
- Republic Bank- Peggy Bank
- StageOne Family Theatre- The Lorax
- Zaxby's- Kermit the Frog
- ZirMed, Inc.- Secretariat
Fans can vote on their favorite parade inflatable and float online at
This year marks the 60th annual parade, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, April 30. This year's parade theme is
Best of Louisville
, so many of the units will be decorated to celebrate the city.
"We wanted to pay tribute to the community that has supported the festival for 60 years," said Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry. "Participants have decorated their units to reflect what they love about Louisville."
WAVE 3 News and
will air the parade live beginning at 5:30 p.m. on April 30. WAVE 3 News has been the exclusive broadcast station of the Pegasus Parade since 1982.