AES 500 Festival Parade

Indianapolis, IN 46225



May 28, 2022

Adding color to downtown Indy since 1957!

One of the original events produced by the 500 Festival, the AES 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 AES 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.

For more than 60 years, the AES 500 Festival Parade has been a race weekend tradition for fans across the globe. Just like the Indianapolis 500 and the city itself, the AES 500 Festival Parade has evolved and modified, led by innovation and limitless imagination. We’re only at the start line of the untapped potential that lies ahead.