IPL 500 Festival Parade

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Adding color to downtown Indy since 1957!

The parade is the only 500 Festival event that has taken place every year since the 500 Festival's founding in 1957. The 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade will be held on May 27, the eve of the Indianapolis 500. 300,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million television viewers around the country. One of the nation’s premier parades, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is third in size only to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Parade allows all spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats as they light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Well-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units, specialty units, spectacular floats and giant helium balloons will fill the streets to celebrate the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.

The tradition continues with the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serving as honorary grand marshals the day before the race, riding in the traditional rows of three, with the winner of the pole position bringing up the rear.

The Parade is locally televised on WTHR, Channel 13, and nationally on NBC Sports Network.

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