The 59th Annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade kicked off Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, one of the most popular events of the Kentucky Derby Festival, was also the founding event.
The theme for this year’s parade is "Call of the Wild."
Jeff Corwin -- host of ABC's "Ocean Mysteries" is the theme marshal and Lexington-born actor Josh Hopkins is the Kentucky marshal.
Fifteen floats, the most in the parade's history, started lining up at 6 a.m.
Thousands will see six giant inflatable balloons, 16 equestrian units, a camel, 11 marching bands with 28 specialty floats.