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    As we swirl deeper and deeper into Derby season, you might be looking down the road to the 60th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. This year the parade will rolling down Broadway with a theme that is near and dear to our hearts…"Best of Louisville.”

    It means the parade will be peppered with the names and faces of people that have hailed from the streets of this wonderful community. Each person whose face dons one of the many giant murals hanging all over the city will be deemed Honorary Grand Marshal of the Parade.

    David DeSanctis, one of such faces, is a Louisville native and actor who will serve as an Honorary Grand Marshal this year. DeSanctis, was born with Down Syndrome, and stars in the upcoming indie film “Where Hope Grows,” which will open in theaters on May 15.

    DeSanctis will be surrounded by many other familiar Louisvillians who are part of the Hometown Heroes initiative including:

    Paul Hornung, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
    Patrick Henry Hughes, Musician
    Dr. Joseph Kutz, Renowned hand surgeon
    Tori Murden McClure, Transatlantic Solo Rower  
    Bobby Nichols, PGA Golf Champion
    Will Wolford, Former NFL Offensive Lineman
    Mary T. Meagher, Olympic Swimmer
    Darrell Griffith, former NBA Star "Dr. Dunkenstein"

    Besides some of our favorite famous faces, you can also expect some of your favorite floats, balloons, and the best of Louisville’s most talented musicians as they work their way westward.

    The annual spectacle marches down Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street and will feature approximately 100 units. Tickets for the parade are on sale here or by calling the Derby Festival Hotline at (502) 584-FEST. Ticket prices are $10 for bleacher seats, $12 chair seating and $30 review stand seats.

    Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Festival Facebook page. 

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    About Brent Owen

    Born and raised in Louisville, I have lived here most of my life (except during a short furlough, when I, lovelorn and naive, followed a girl to Baton Rouge). My roots are here, my family, my friends, and my life are all here. I work primarily as a free-lance writer for a few local and regional publications. I have also written two books (one a memoir, the other a novel) that barring some divine intervention, will probably never see the light of day. I find myself deeply ingrained in the local bar scene, or perhaps better said, I often indulge in the local drinking culture. I love music, movies, comedy, and really just about any other live performance art.

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