By Josh Cook
There was plenty to be found at the Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade Preview Party.
From floats to giant balloons, from clowns to cloggers, to a little boy who was briefly lost from his parents there was plenty to find Tuesday night at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The family-friendly event showed off some of what will be featured in Thursday's KDF Pegasus Parade in downtown Louisville.
Visitors, who were admitted free with their Pegasus Pin, were treated to an evening that delighted the senses.
Even before you entered the doors one of the biggest features of the parade, the giant Absolutely Pegasus horse balloon, was on display.
Inside there were six more inflatables - Otto the Auto, Horseshoe, Secretariat, Louie the Lightning Bug, Big Bad Wolf and Ronald McDonald.
Additionally there were 10 parade floats - the CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center, the City of St. Matthews, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Hwang's Martial Arts, the Kentucky State Fair Board, Kosair Charities/Kosair Shriners, Norton Healthcare, Purnell's "Old Folks" Sausage, Second Chance @ Life and The Fillies, Inc.
There were also four parade push floats - Garden Scene, Candyland, Lily Pad and Recipe Books.
In addition to the balloons and parade floats visitors could also look at some of the Derby-themed artwork of local school children or meet some of the Derby princesses as well as the former contestants of the reality television show 'The Biggest Loser.'
There was live entertainment too, including some ballroom dancers and cloggers, who performed during the evening in and around the center stage.
There were smiles all around, especially for a little boy who was reunited with his parents after becoming lost for a brief time. KDF officials acted quickly, though, making an announcement over the public address system. Within a few minutes the boy was back with his parents.