LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Concerns over children's safety and control have prompted cancellations of protests planned for this year's Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade on May 5 and a demonstration scheduled outside KDF's downtown offices Monday evening, organizers said.
"It's all about them (the children) no need for them to get hurt," dance team coordinator Trena Waddles told a news conference Monday.
Earlier this month, Waddles had claimed racial considerations prompted KDF to "disinvite" her Kentucky Dance & Step Team from this year's Pegasus Parade. KDF has denied the allegations, saying it based the decision on difficulties following rules regarding conduct and size of the group.
Monday however, organizer Ray Barker denied any conflict with KDF and insisted the focus was on producing a separate, successful Kentucky Love, Peace and Heritage Festival parade May 21.