500 Festival Announces 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade Float Honors

500 Festival Announces 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade Float Honors

Wed, 2016-06-01

INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the quality of life for Indiana residents and visitors, today announced the Float award winners for the 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Floats were judged on a number of different criteria and were evaluated by a panel of judges. The floats are honored for recognition and tradition as no monetary prizes are awarded; however, the annual competition brings prestige to the IPL 500 Festival Parade, the float designers and sponsors.


The 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade float honors go to the following:




Sponsor: Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Description: IPL’s float put race fans smack dab in the center of the action! It featured a recreation of the IMS Scoring Pylon as well as one of IPL’s first line trucks. All parts of the floats were strung together by power lines, reminding us that IPL has been powering the celebration for 100 races.



QUEEN’S AWARD: Most Effective Use of Color Harmony


Sponsor:  Eli Lilly and Company

Description: Celebrating 140 years of Lilly’s commitment to the betterment of lives, the float’s design took spectators through 140 years of groundbreaking global medical innovations with larger than life chemists depicting some Eli Lilly’s remarkable discoveries.



THEME AWARD: Best Development of 500 Festival Theme, “Experience the Celebration”


Sponsor: Firestone

Description: Firestone’s float and racing went hand-in-hand as their performance driven tires have been used in a variety of racing vehicles for decades. Firestone has made 67 champions at the Indy 500, and this float celebrated all of them by showcasing four iconic winners of this race.



PRESIDENTS AWARD: Most Original Concept


Sponsor: Golding Living and Hendricks Regional Health

Description: The first float in Parade history to be built to accommodate 100 year-old riders and their caregivers, the Golden Living and Hendricks Regional Health float showcased that age is just a number. Whether you’re 10 or 100 years young, you can achieve wellness.



CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Best Display of Humor


Sponsor: American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc.

Description: Winners drink milk and the American Dairy Association knows this best as they prepared to host the World’s Largest Milk toast at the 100th running of the Indy 500. The custom built float celebrated this longstanding tradition in its design.



CHECKERED FLAG AWARD: Best Integration of Corporate Marketing Plan


Sponsor: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis  

Description: This float boasted an oversized version of the classic orange Hot Wheels track! Additionally, it featured a giant IndyCar, that was “Racing to Win,” at the end of the larger-than-life Hot Wheel track- just like the one at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 



CHECKERED FLAG AWARD: Outstanding Community Involvement


Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 

Description: On the USS Anthem Angels, all five branches of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard – were represented. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield was proud to recognize those who protect and defend our country, especially the many Hoosiers who serve in the United States Armed Forces. 



CHECKERED FLAG AWARD: Historical Recognition


Sponsor: Pennzoil and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum 

Description: This larger-than-life Indy car measured nearly 40 feet long and was a replica of Rick Mears’ winning car from the 68th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 1984. 



CHECKERED FLAG AWARD: Positive Community Impact


Sponsor: The American Legion 

Description: The float featured Legion Family members from the Department of Indiana, escorting a special American Flag, named “Old Glory”. This flag is on a world tour called “Old Glory Travels America’s Freedom Road” to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served our country in the past and who serve today. 



CHECKERED FLAG AWARD: Honoring the Spirit and Legacy of the Indianapolis 500

Float: “FAST. FORWARD.” 

Sponsor: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway 

Description: This float brought the epic celebration of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 to the IPL 500 Festival Parade route. The nearly 57 foot long float boasted a scaled replica of the Pagoda overlooking the famed yard of bricks – complete with two IndyCars racing to the finish. 


“In a year of epic proportion for all things Indy 500, the 60th running of the IPL 500 Festival Parade made a grand community statement this year,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “From our Grand Marshal Emma Stumpf to a record number of floats, balloons and marching bands, this community celebration is made possible by the support of our sponsors and we are grateful for their creativity and contributions to this year’s event.”


One of the original 500 Festival events, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s largest, most respected parades, consistently earning national acclaim alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 300,000 people lined the streets of downtown Indianapolis to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities, all 33 drivers competing in the 100th running of the Indy 500, specialty units, and award-winning bands from across the country.


For more information about the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please visit www.500festival.com/parade or search #500Parade on social media.


About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.



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