INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2013) – Last evening, eight of the 12 floats scheduled to appear in the 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade tomorrow were judged on the following criteria: Interpretation of theme, animation, humor, attention to detail, balance and symmetry, use of color, creativity of design, excitement generated from float presentation, eye appeal to audience, originality, floral design and overall beauty. The floats are honored on a mere recognition factor only and no monetary prizes are awarded; however, the annual “competition” brings prestige to the IPL 500 Festival Parade, the float designers and sponsors.
The 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade float honors go to the following:
SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY: Best Overall Entry
Float: “Reconnecting to Our Waterways”
Sponsor: Eli Lilly and Company
Description: The 2013 Lilly float shows water is the link that connects nature and neighborhoods to create a better community. Healthy waterways make for healthier Hoosiers!
Click here for a photo of the winning float.
THEME AWARD: Best Development of 500 Festival Theme “TurboCharging Indy”
Float: “Turbocharging Innovation”
Description: Firestone has been the company behind the technology that has turbocharged racing for more than 100 years. Firestone’s tradition of innovation has helped revolutionize motorsports all over the world, but nowhere more than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
CHECKERED FLAG AWARD: For Exceptional Merit
Float: #Indy500 or Bust
Sponsor: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Description: This year’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway® float is all about the journey. The Indy 500 is more than just a race, it’s a tradition. And over the decades, drivers, race teams and fans worldwide come together to celebrate the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
QUEEN’S AWARD: Most Effective Use of Color Harmony
Float: “Winning Indy!”
Sponsor: America Dairy Association of Indiana, Inc.
Description: Winner’s drink milk! The American Dairy Association of Indiana’s float celebrates the time-honored tradition with a larger-than-life milk bottle and racing cow that has experienced the taste of victory!
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Best Display of Humor
Float: “The Three Little Pigs”
Sponsor: The Sexton Companies
Description: The Sexton Companies is a staple of the IPL 500 Festival Parade. Using the story of the Three Little Pigs, this year’s float highlights the winning strategy of good construction to make a home while the Big Bad Wolf watches from behind.
PRESIDENTS AWARD: Most Original Concept
Float: “Turbocharging Education”
Sponsor: Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Description: Indianapolis Power & Light Company provides the current that keeps Indianapolis celebrating! IPL has sponsored a float in every 500 Festival Parade since its inception in 1957, and has been the title sponsor of the Parade for the past nine years. This year’s float celebrates high school seniors who plan to turbocharge their education by starting college this fall.
Judges for the 2013 float included:
Doug Green, Vice President of Bowl Games of America and Skys the Limit Productions located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For twenty four years now Doug has produced over 300 major college bowl game pregame and halftime shows and worked on hundreds of other major events including two Presidential Campaigns, eight MLB All Star Games and World Series and the Men’s and Women’s Final Four. Doug has also been a key partner in producing the IPL 500 Festival Parade opening the past several years and much of the patriotic pageantry you see at the 500 race and Colts games.
For some five decades artist Ron Burton has concentrated on producing automobile racing art. Most of his efforts have been directed toward the open cockpit machinery and has produced a large body of work that has depicted not only Indy 500 cars, but many sprints, midgets, championship dirt cars as well as an occasional stock car. Many of Ron’s paintings are owned and commissioned by corporations, families of owners, drivers and fans around the world and are highly collectible.
More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to see the 33 starting drivers of the 2013 Indianapolis 500®, more than 80 specialty units, floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons. This year’s parade is a true representation of the power and pageantry of the month of May with a television package that will bolster the Parade’s national presence, airing on May 25 at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and 8 p.m. locally on WISH-TV. Tickets to the IPL 500 Festival Parade are available at the 500 Festival Ticket Office today until 7 p.m. On Parade day, tickets will be available for sale in the following locations: Washington and Meridian streets, Michigan and Meridian streets (in the Will-Call tent) and 9th and Meridian streets. Reserved bleacher seats are $14.50; reserved chair seats $19 and reserved VIP/TV Zone seats are $32. For more information, visit www.500festival.com.
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 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.
Last year, over 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, 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.