Indy 500 Parade
IPL 500 FESTIVAL PARADE
Held on May 23, the eve of the Indianapolis 500, 300,000 spectators from around the country lined the streets of Indianapolis for 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.
The Confucius Institute sponsored a massive smoke-breathing dragon float that was 50 ft. long and derived from the Dragon Boat Festival. Dance performers from ICCCI and students from the International School of Indiana were invited to ride on the float.