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62nd Annual

IPL 500 Festival Parade

Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, May 26, 2018
12:00 Noon

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Web: 500festival.com

Email: Laura Bliss, 500 Festival Program & Event Manager
Phone: 317-614-6126

If you're interested in entering your band in the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please request an application from Laura Bliss at the contact info above or complete the 2018 Band Application online.
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IPL 500 Festival Parade logo Held on the day prior to the world's largest single-day sporting event, the IPL 500 Festival Parade has grown to be one of the signature parades held in the United States each year. The 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serve as honorary grand marshals, riding in the traditional rows of three, with the winner of the pole position bringing up the rear. Marching bands, celebrities, costumed characters, patriotic units, spectacular floats and giant helium balloons fill the streets to celebrate the legendary Indianapolis 500 race.

As one of the few parades boasting live national television coverage, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is an exciting experience for marching bands. More than 300,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Indianapolis, joined by more than one million television viewers from around the country. The IPL 500 Festival Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network and locally to the Indianapolis market on NBC affiliate WTHR Channel 13.

The 2-mile parade route travels through downtown Indianapolis, taking a U-shaped path down Pennsylvania Street, across Washington Street and up Meridian Street through Monument Circle.

2017 Participating Bands

IPL 500 Festival Parade Photos
• 38th Infantry Division Band, Indiana Army National Guard, Indianapolis, IN
• All Marshall County Marching Band, Marshall County, IN
• Goshen High School Crimson Marching Band, Goshen, IN
• Decatur Central High School Marching Band, Indianapolis, IN
• Indiana All-Star Marching Band, National Band Association, La Porte, IN
• Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers, Indianapolis, IN
• Indianapolis Public Schools All City Marching Band, Indianapolis, IN
• Kokomo High School Marching Wildkats, Kokomo, IN
• Navy Band Great Lakes, Midwest, USA
• Purdue University "All-American" Marching Band, West Lafayette, IN
• Speedway 500 Regiment, Speedway High School, Speedway, IN
• Northwestern High School Tiger Pride Band, Kokomo, IN
• West Aurora High School Blackhawk Marching Band, Aurora, IL
• Western High School Marching Panthers, Russiaville, IN


Related Events

Bands traveling to Indianapolis for the IPL 500 Festival Parade can take advantage of numerous attractions and additional performance opportunities in the area, including:
  • The Indianapolis 500 race, and possible participation in the pre-race parade of bands on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • The 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce
  • Events and activities taking place in Indianapolis on race weekend

Ticket Information

• Tickets for the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade will go on sale in March 2018.

Future Dates

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Saturday, May 25, 2019
(Always held the day before the Indianapolis 500)

For More Information


Web: 500festival.com

Email: Laura Bliss, 500 Festival Program & Event Manager
Phone: 317-614-6126

If you're interested in entering your band in the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please request an application from Laura Bliss at the contact info above or complete the 2018 Band Application online.


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