Parade Floats

AES 500 Festival Parade

Saturday, May 27, 2023 | Downtown Indianapolis | #AES500Parade

Attend the AES 500 Festival Parade and see the creativity and festivities come to life! The Floats of the 2022 AES 500 Festival Parade have been revealed and the 2022 AES 500 Festival Parade float honors go to the following:

SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY: Best Overall Entry

Float: Accelerating the Future of Energy, Together.
Sponsor: AES Indiana
Description: AES, the title sponsor for the AES 500 Festival Parade, is bringing electricity to downtown Indianapolis with their 85-foot-long float featuring wind turbines around the Soldiers and Sailors monument paying homage to the 1,500 AES employees who call Indiana home!

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Most Entertaining

Float: The Greatest Spectacle in Floating
Sponsor: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Description: Celebrating the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Riding on the float are Matt and Maggie Novak, winners of this year’s 500 Spectacle of Homes contest. Joining them will be Michael Donohue, son of driver Mark Donohue, who was the first champion driver for Team Penske, and Karl Kainhofer, the lead mechanic of the team.

 

MARLYNE SEXTON 500 FESTIVAL QUEEN SCHOLAR AWARD: Outstanding Presentation of Hoosier Spirit & Pride

Float: Driving to Dairy in Victory Circle
Sponsor: The American Dairy Association of Indiana
Description: The American Dairy Association of Indiana’s larger-than-life float honors the tradition of a celebratory milk handoff from an Indiana Dairy farmer to the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in Victory Circle. Two Indiana Dairy farmers, Time Haynes and Randy Mooney will be riding on the float, representing the over 700 dairy farm families in the state.

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Most Original Concept

Float: A Healthier Future Ahead
Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Description: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s five thousand Indiana associates volunteered more than 7,0000 hours in the community as part of a mission to improve the health of Hoosiers. Anthem takes a broader view of health–beyond physical health–to include the behavioral and social drivers that have a major impact on the whole health of an individual. Through its foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield committed more than $11 million dollars in community investments with a focus on food insecurity, substance use disorder, maternal health and addressing health inequities

 

MARI HULMAN GEORGE AWARD: Best Display of Philanthropy, Arts, or Education

Float: We Stand Together
Sponsor: Eli Lilly and Company
Description: In 2020, Lilly Launched its Racial Justice Commitment with a mission to advance racial justice for Black and other marginalized Americans and in the lives of patients. To commemorate the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all, their float showcases the words “We Stand Together.”

 

GRAND MARSHAL AWARD: Most Creative Concept & Execution

Float: Your Takeoff Begins in Indy 
Sponsor: Republic Airways – LIFT Academy 
Description: The Republic Airways – LIFT Academy float, 28 feet in length, is soaring through the streets of Indianapolis at this year’s parade. Rooted in Indianapolis for nearly 30 years, Republic Airways is an innovative airline industry leader, operating 1,000 daily flights, many of which depart from Indiana.