I first saw the term "Pegasus Pin" when I was searching for information about Thunder Over Louisville. Thunderoverlouisville.com stated that the Waterfront Park location admission is free with a Pegasus Pin. Being new to Louisville, my response was "What's a Pegasus Pin?!"
So, I Googled it. This brought me to the KDF.org. There is a lengthy explanation about how Pegasus Pins are a Derby tradition and they "capture the heart and soul of the Festival" and they are collectibles, and so on. But, what is it?! I began to wonder is the Pegasus Pin a mythical creature like its inspiration? I kept Googling.
I found out that the Pegasus Pin will get you into many upcoming events. You can stay late at the Derby Museum Grand Re-Opening Celebration, get admission into the Chow Wagon, and get admission to Run for the Rose, just to name a few. At this point, now not only do I want to know what it is, but I want one!
Finally, I figured out through my searching that it is an actual pin that is purchased and then pinned/worn on your clothing. The cost seems to vary ($4 or $5). The one thing that was still vague is where do you get them. You can buy them online at KDF.org, but it seemed silly to pay for shipping on a $4 item. I finally decided to just wait until I got to Thunder and hope I could find someone selling them.
Well, after all that, my husband and I went to Walgreens on Baxter this past weekend to grab some milk and guess what we found...Pegasus Pins! The mythical mystery was solved! They sell Pegasus Pins everywhere. I was extremely excited to buy my very own pin, and my husband had a laugh at my expense (since he knew how this Pegasus was vexing me). We bought two. They came in a little pouch so you don't know what color your getting and it even comes with a few coupons. The search was over and mission accomplished...though I wish I had gotten a purple one.
Maggie moved to Louisville from Buffalo, NY in Dec. 2009. She has also lived in London, Chicago, and Louisiana. Find out more about her business Weekend Wedding Warrior, LLC and her private counseling practice.
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