500 Festival Announces Additions to Celebrity and VIP Lineup for the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade

500 Festival Announces Additions to Celebrity and VIP Lineup for the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade

Wed, 2016-05-25

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2016) – The 500 Festival today announced additional celebrities and VIPs joining the lineup for the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade (#500Parade), scheduled for Saturday, May 28 in downtown Indianapolis. From movie and TV stars to racing trailblazers, the celebrity lineup for one of Race Weekend’s most colorful traditions continues to grow.

New additions to the lineup include:  

Hugh Thornton: Thornton plays Guard for the Indianapolis Colts. He was selected by the Colts in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since joining the Colts, Thornton has been engaged within the community, visiting various schools within Central Indiana. 

Sam Hornish Jr.: Sam Hornish Jr. is the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion. After beginning his career in IndyCar, Hornish Jr. went on race in NASCAR. He most recently drove the No. 9 Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

Lyn St. James: Lyn St. James made history in 1992 when she was the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. St. James went on to start seven Indianapolis 500 races and was named one of Sports Illustrated for Women’s Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century 

Willy T. Ribbs: Willy T. Ribbs qualified for the 75th Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 1991, becoming the first African American ever to participate in the race. Beyond IndyCar, Ribbs also competed in the Trans-Am Series, IMSA, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series.

Gary Long & Brad Long: This father-son duo was part of the movie, Hoosiers. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Member Gary Long played the role of Jasper Coach and Brad Long played the role of Hickory team captain, “Buddy” Walker. 

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 will line 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.

Not only does 2016 mark the 60th running of the IPL 500 Festival Parade, it’s a once-in-a-generation year for Hoosiers, filled with celebrations including 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil,  as well as the State of Indiana’s Bicentennial. To honor these celebrations, the theme for the 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade is Experience the Celebration, a call-to-action, reminding Hoosiers that the celebration surrounding these iconic events is not to be missed!  


The 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, May 28, with Parade festivities starting at 11:45 am. It will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network and locally on WTHR. For more information about the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please visit www.500festival.com/parade or search #500Parade on social media.


To see the additional celebrities participating in this year’s event, click here.

To download photos of celebrities in this press release, please click here.  


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. 


Media Contact: Sabrina List, 500 Festival
Office: (317) 614-6141 ǀ Mobile: (317) 954-3203 ǀ slist@500festival.com


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