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July 20, 2017

2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K Help Contribute More Than $35,000 to Charities

$4,040 Donated to Pacesetter Program winner, Energy Krazed   INDIANAPOLIS (July 20, 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announced that the 2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon helped contribute more than $35,000 to various nonprofit organizations through its Mini with …

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June 7, 2017

Registration Opens for Second Annual 500 Festival mini-mini

Indiana’s Youngest Runners Will Take over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Nation’s Premier Youth Run INDIANAPOLIS (June 6, 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, today announces registration is open for the second running of the 500 …

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May 26, 2017

X Ambassadors Unable to Perform at 500 Festival Race Weekend Events Due to Illness

X Ambassadors Unable to Perform at 500 Festival Race Weekend Events Due to Josh Kauffman Steps Up to Perform at IPL 500 Festival Parade INDIANAPOLIS (May 26, 2017) – X Ambassadors, the band originally scheduled to perform at the IPL 500 Festival Parade and KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, are unable to make the trip to Indianapolis to …

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May 26, 2017

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade Celebrity Lineup

  INDIANAPOLIS (May 26, 2017) – The 500 Festival today announced that actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan will join the lineup for the 61st   IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 27 in downtown Indianapolis. Joining Jeffrey Dean Morgan at the IPL 500 Festival Parade will be his wife, Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill, White …

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May 25, 2017

500 Festival Announces 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade Float Honors

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the quality of life for Indiana residents and visitors, today announces the Float award winners for the 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Floats were judged on a number of different criteria and were evaluated by a panel of judges, including Downtown …

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May 24, 2017

500 Festival Announces New Additions to Celebrity and VIP Lineup for the 61st IPL 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2017) – The 500 Festival today announces additional celebrities and VIPs joining the lineup for the 61st   IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 27 in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets for the 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade are available for purchase at www.500festival.com/tickets/. New additions to the lineup include: Ric Flair: Flair …

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May 22, 2017

500 Festival Announces Celebrity Lineup for the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2017) – The 500 Festival today announces the celebrity lineup for the 2017 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball (#SnakepitBall). Along with platinum-selling rock band X Ambassadors headlining the entertainment, a star-studded list of attendees will join race weekend’s most exclusive party. The 2017 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball will be held Saturday, …

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May 20, 2017

Zionsville’s Shivani Bajpai Named 2017 500 Festival Queen

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2017) – The 500 Festival announced today that Shivani Bajpai of Zionsville has been named the 2017 500 Festival Queen. The announcement was made at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Bajpai is a recent graduate of IUPUI where she majored in Biology and minored in …

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May 18, 2017

500 Festival Announces Celebrity and VIP Lineup for the 61st IPL 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2017) – Hollywood stars, musicians, athletes, Hoosier heroes and racing legends will take to the streets of downtown Indianapolis for the 61st IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 27. Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate, Eva Kor, will serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s event. Platinum-selling rock band, X Ambassadors, …

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May 17, 2017

US Army Commanding General to be Keynote Speaker of 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce

INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that General Robert B. Abrams, the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces, will be the Keynote Speaker at the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce. The …

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