INDIANAPOLIS (September 21, 2011) – Each year hundreds of thousands of people from around the world embrace the magical month of May in Indianapolis. For more than 50 years, the 500 Festival has captured the significance of the month of May to this community and race fans world-wide. During this time the 500 Festival’s nearly 50 events and programs set the pace for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, The Indianapolis 500®. The 500 Festival announced today the theme for its 2012 season is “A New REVolution.”
“As the 500 Festival moves into its 55th year and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® closes the books on its Centennial Era, 2012 is a year to embrace the next chapter of the magical month of May in Indianapolis ,” said Kirk Hendrix, President and CEO of the 500 Festival. “It’s exciting to see the impact these two organizations have had on millions of lives over the years and will continue to touch the lives of our community and its visitors for many years to come.”
Signature events like IPL 500 Festival Parade and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon showcase the city on a world stage and connect the community in large proportions. Nearly 7,000 volunteers give their time and energy to make the month a success. This May you can celebrate the 500 Festival theme – “A New REVolution” with a month-long roster of events culminating with the 2012 Indianapolis 500® on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®.
The 500 Festival’s mission is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.
The 500 Festival’s nearly 50 events and programs celebrate the success of the Indianapolis 500® and add to the quality of life for the citizens of Indiana and their guests. The events and programs, mostly free and produced largely by volunteers, enhance the image of Indianapolis and Indiana to more than 500,000 attendees by showcasing the city and state’s cultural, educational and social benefits to the world.
The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.
The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.
Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.