Adding color to downtown Indy since 1957!
One of the original events produced by the 500 Festival, the IPL 500 Festival Parade, has grown to be one of the signature events held in the United States each year. The parade is the only 500 Festival event that has taken place every year since our founding in 1957. The parade is held on the eve of the Indianapolis 500. 300,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million watching from their televisions around the country, to view one of the nation’s premier parades, alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The IPL 500 Festival Parade allows all spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats 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.
Country music duo, The Swon Brothers, will headline the opening production of this year’s parade.
They will first perform the National Anthem before performing their Top 15 HIT “Later On.” They will be joined by Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and the Indiana Pacemates during the opening production. After the opening production, the Swon Brothers will ride the parade route in the 500 Festival themed float, giving all fans the opportunity to see them in person.
The Swon Brothers are an American country music duo from Muskogee, Oklahoma, consisting Zach and Colton Swon. The duo rose to fame as finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” performing on country superstar Blake Shelton’s team. Afterward, the duo released their major-label debut, “THE SWON BROTHERS,” in October 2014, putting their stamp on the 11-song collection by co-producing with award-winning producer Mark Bright. The album’s first single “Later On” was the duo’s first Top 15 HIT.
Zach and Colton received a CMA Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year.” They received an ACM Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year” followed by a CMT Music Award nomination for “Duo Video of the Year.” The Swon Brothers recently performed with Brad Paisley on his Country Nation World Tour and Carrie Underwood on her Storyteller Tour.
Honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and just recently inducted into the Rhythm and Routes Oklahoma Music Trail, the Muskogee, Oklahoma natives have been charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities since childhood. Their latest single “Midnight Lovers,” an anthem to young forbidden love, is currently streaming on Spotify and was also co-written by the duo. The brothers’ extreme loyal following, “The Swontourage” celebrate their fandom through daily social media engagement and attending their live shows.
NTT IndyCar Series Team Owner and philanthropist Sam Schmidt will serve as Grand Marshal of the parade. Other celebrities scheduled to appear include TV host, Marc Summers; NFL Hall of Famer, Terrell Davis; Disney Channel actor, Jake Short; and Leave it to Beaver’s Jerry Mathers.
Tickets: $10 and up.