LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nationally known Linkin' Bridge, the Louisville musical quartet that rose to prominence as a finalist on NBC's hit talent competition America's Got Talent, will serve as honorary grand marshals of the 2017 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, the Kentucky Derby Festival announced Friday during WAVE 3 News at 5.
The 62nd annual parade will be held May 4, 2017, the Thursday before the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, exclusively on WAVE 3 News, the official broadcast home of the Pegasus Parade since 1982. It will also be live streamed on WAVE3.com and the free WAVE 3 News and Inside the Rail mobile apps.
"Over the years, the parade has featured a who's who list of celebrities and hometown favorites. Linkin' Bridge is both," KDF President and CEO Mike Berry said. "We're honored to have them participate and showcase their talents on Broadway in
Linkin' Bridge consists of Louisvillians Shon 'China' Lacy, Montre Davis, Ekoe Alexanda and Big Rome Kimbrough. They sung their way into the hearts of millions of fans while performing on season 11 of America's Got Talent. While on the show, they performed songs such as Free Bird,Always on My Mind, Over the Rainbow, 7 Years and See You Again.
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WAVE 3 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi said, "We are thrilled to have Linkin' Bridge kick off our parade coverage. They are a sensational group who are great ambassadors for our region."
The Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – the Derby Festival's oldest and founding event – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring and provides an estimated economic impact of more than $22 million. The annual spectacle marches 17 blocks west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street.