Born Ernest Evans in Spring Gulley, S.C., Chubby grew up in South Philadelphia. He formed a street corner harmony group when he was only 11 years old. In June of 1959, Chubby recorded "The Twist." Fourteen months later, in the summer of 1960, "The Twist" was a runaway hit. Over the course of his career, Checker is the only artist to have five albums in the Top 12 all at once and the only artist to have nine double-sided hits. He has scored 22 Top 40 hits songs and sold more than 250 million records to date worldwide.
Mr. Checker will perform "The Twist" live as the opening act in TV Zone (between Preston and Floyd) of the parade before the Review Stand audience and on live television. He will then be escorted to the start of the parade at Campbell to make the entire length of the route along Broadway.
The 50th annual Pegasus Parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. The parade steps off at Campbell and Broadway with approximately 100 units to include equestrians, floats, marching bands, giant inflatable character balloons and celebrities. The 17-block parade route marches west on Broadway to Ninth Street. The event is broadcast live on WAVE 3 TV and is hosted by NBC Today Show's Willard Scott. The parade is sponsored by Republic Bank & Trust Company.
PARADE TICKETS: Tickets for the parade are on sale NOW at the Kentucky Center box office and TicketMaster outlets. Bleacher tickets are just $5 in honor of the 50th Celebration; front row chair seating is $10; and TV Review Stand seating $25.
Kentucky Colonels to serve as Honorary Grand Marshals
For local sports fans over the age of 40, the month of May in 1975 was a time to treasure. It was then that their beloved Kentucky Colonels finally broke through to win a first - and only - American Basketball Association championship. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Colonels' ABA title, the team was selected to serve as Honorary Grand Marshals of the 50th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on May 5. The players will also appear at a lunchtime reception for the public at the new Marriott Louisville Downtown on the day of the parade. Click here for more info.
All aboard - no foolin'!
It may be April 1st, but this is no joke. The Derby Festival is part of tonight's Downtown Trolley Hop as a guest of the Kentucky Center to open "25 YEARS OF KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL ART". From 5:30 - 7:30 pm, the Gallery at The Kentucky Center (501 West Main Street) will Celebrate the silver anniversary of official Kentucky Derby Festival posters during the First Friday Gallery Hop. Meet 2005 artist Sonny Whittle in just his second public appearance since January's Poster Premiere and Honorary 50th Co-chairs Jack Guthrie and Governor Martha Layne Collins will be on hand to sign 50th Celebration books. Enjoy live music, a cash bar, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The event is FREE with the support of Anheuser-Busch, Jarfi's Bistro, and Whole Foods Market Louisville. This is only time you will be able to see all 25 posters in the official series together. The exhibit runs through May 4th.
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