When it’s Derby season, you hear a lot of talk about Pegasus Pins. What is a Pegasus Pin? If you are new to Louisville, or on your first Kentucky Derby visit, you may have questions. Below is a guide to where to get a pin and why you want one..
Who produces the Pegasus Pins?
The Kentucky Derby Festival is the non-profit organization behind the pins. The Derby Festival is comprised of over 70 events taking place during the 2-weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby. The pins are worn to show support of, and fund, the Derby Festival
How much are they?
Individual pins are 5 dollars. Family five packs are also available. The family packs include five pins, each a different color, for 20 dollars. The sales from the pins make up 20% of the Derby Festival budget.
What do they get me into?
Purchasers of the pins are granted free access to over 30 festival events, including the Great Balloon events, the parade preview party and all the events at Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville.
Do people collect Pegasus Pins?
Yes! The pins look different each year. Some years there were even specific pins for individuals participating in certain events such as the Great Balloon Race.
Where do I get one?
The pins are sold at over 1,000 retail outlets and financial institutions. Keep your eyes open when shopping in Greater Louisville or Southern Indiana and you’ll see them.
I’ve looked for Pegasus Pins and still can’t find any.
Try one of these locations; Belle of Louisville, Circle K, Class Act Federal Credit Union, CVS, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Fifth Third Bank, Frank Otte Nursery, Kroger, Louisville Science Center, Louisville Visitors Center, Rite Aid, Southern Indiana Tourism Bureau, The Company Store at Yum!, U.S. Bank, ValuMarket, Walgreens.
Why are they called Pegasus Pins?
A Pegasus is a mythological winged horse. The symbol is often associated with art and strength, two qualities the Kentucky Derby Festival strives to emulate.
Where does the money I spend on Pegasus Pins go?
Sponsorships (the 5 dollars, or more if you like, paid for the pins) fund the Kentucky Derby Festival. The non-profit organization supports the parade, Thunder Over Louisville and many other Derby events.
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