July 23, 2018

2018 500 Festival Volunteer Awards

  After an exciting and unforgettable Month of May in 2018, the 500 Festival is excited to share this year’s Volunteer Awards! The 500 Festival relies on 7,000 volunteers to produce some of Indiana’s largest events and programs, and the individuals recognized here are just a few examples of this year’s standout volunteers. Thank you …

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May 31, 2018

The Magic of May, The Illumination of Indianapolis

The Magic of May  |  The Illumination of Indianapolis We wanted to shine a light on this city in the month of May, and we did. The illumination began with a flip. Not the flip of a switch, but the flip of a bike.  This is the story of May 2018. (May 2) On the second …

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May 23, 2018

Hip-Hop Violinist and Light Show Dance Team Headline IPL 500 Festival Parade Entertainment

Miri ben-ari and iluminate to perform collaboration to open ipl 500 Festival Parade The 62nd IPL 500 Festival Parade will begin with a never-before-seen collaboration between two unique and innovative performances. Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and light show dance team iLuminate will kick-start the celebration on Saturday, May 26. Get to know these performers before …

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May 22, 2018

2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade Theme Inspired by Indy’s Innovation

illuminate. innovate. indianapolis. Every year, the 500 Festival welcomes race weekend in Indianapolis with the city’s grandest welcome party, the IPL 500 Festival Parade. The celebration takes a new form each year with a different theme to highlight the stories, the people, the inspiration for float designs and the Grand Marshal announcement. In 2018, the …

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May 8, 2018

Get To Know KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball Host Frank Reich

Colts Head Coach to Host Race Weekend’s Hottest Party With a shiny new Superbowl ring and an Indianapolis Colts head coaching title, Frank Reich returns to Indianapolis and will serve as the host of the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball. This February, he swooped into town a former Philadelphia Eagle and traded in his …

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May 1, 2018

The Month of May | 500 Festival Events

Month of May schedule of events Indianapolis is all about finishing first, and the arrival of May is the green flag for all events that lead to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. In May, we start a month-long celebration of the Indianapolis 500. From the 500 Festival Kickoff to May to the Keybank 500 Festival …

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April 29, 2018

IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal to Drive Indy 500 Pace Car for 2018 Indy Mini

  IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will drive the Indy 500 pace car to lead the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 5. Rahal will be behind the wheel of the blue 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the official Indy 500 pace car used for race day on May 27. He’ll lead the way when the …

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April 16, 2018

500 Festival Surprises IPL 500 Festival Parade Grand Marshals

   2018 grand marshals prove they’re better together Two is better than one. That can be true in many basic ways, but when the two people complement each other like Abby Abel and Mitch Bonar, the saying lives beyond its meaning. Ever since they met through their high school’s Unified Track and Field program, …

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April 6, 2018

33 Princess Approved Spring Favorites

Quickly approaching is the 500 Festival’s favorite season; a time when the sun starts shining, the black and white take hold and we’re in full gear toward the month of May. Our love for this time of year is rooted in the racing, running, festivities and celebration, so to continue the spirit of sharing things …

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April 2, 2018

From Tiaras to White Coats

This year’s Princess class has a variety of interests. While some study the arts, business, and education, three of these 33 young women are professional students in graduate school. Carolina Vogel is a 1st-year medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Elaina Etter and Olga Vlashyn are both pharmacy students at Purdue …

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