After the University of Louisville turned down his offer to hold a pep rally before the Cardinals Final Four appearance this Saturday, Mayor Greg Fischer wants the city to set a world’s record for the most people wearing red in one day to celebrate.
Fischer has declared Friday as Cardinal Red Day and is encouraging residents to wear red, business to display red and residents to show red at their homes. The mayor continued to make his earlier prediction that U of L will beat the Kentucky Wildcats as part of a friendly wager with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
“I want to paint the town red – literally,” Fischer said. “Everyone knows that UK fans will be seeing red when the Cards win on Saturday.”
The mayor said if there is no world’s record category for Most People Wearing Red in a Day, the city will simply create one and declare victory. He is also asking residents to display the Cardinal Red Day proclamation at work, at home and in local businesses.
Fischer had sought to hold a community-wide rally sometime this week, but the university’s athletic department told the mayor’s office it wanted the players to be focused before the game.
“This is a great time to be a Louisvillian and to show your support for our hometown team,” Fischer said.