500 Festival Announces Second Group of Celebrities, Dignitaries and VIPs Appearing in the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade

500 Festival Announces Second Group of Celebrities, Dignitaries and VIPs Appearing in the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2019) – Actors, Hoosier athletes, and war heroes will take to the streets of downtown Indianapolis for the 63rd IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 25. The 500 Festival today announced new additions to the celebrity, dignitary and VIP lineup for the Parade. The additions will join the 2019 Grand Marshal, Sam Schmidt, opening performers, The Swon Brothers, and other celebrities and VIPs who were announced earlier this month. Also appearing will be the 33 starting drivers of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500® presented by Gainbridge. Tickets for the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade are available for purchase at 500festival.com/tickets/.

New additions to the 2019 lineup include:

Hershel “Woody” Williams: Hershel “Woody” Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII to wear the Medal of Honor. Williams enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943, serving during several battles in World War II. The last battle he served in was the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective.”

General Michael X. Garrett: General Michael X. Garrett, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces, will speak during the 2019 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce. As Commander of the United States Army’s largest organization, he commands 215,000 active duty Soldiers, and provides training and readiness oversight of U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.

Major General Courtney P. Carr, the Adjutant General of Indiana: Leader of the Army and Air National Guard, the Indiana Guard Reserve and State employees, General Carr directs those units in support of state and federal missions. Upon three decades of varied military service, abroad and in the United States, his climb in the ranks has commissioned him to oversee 15,800 personnel and their functions.

Jackson Robert Scott: Jackson Robert Scott is best known for playing Georgie in the Warner Brothers blockbuster franchise hit IT. He also had the title role in the recently released MGM/Orion film The Prodigy and co-starred in the 2019 Oscar winning short film SKIN. His highly anticipated Netflix series Locke & Key will come out later this year. Jackson’s family has a long history with the Indy 500, including his Grandfather as an Assistant Medical Director at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 1960’s & 70’s, and his mother as a 500 Festival Princess in 2002.

Patty Guggenheim: Patty Guggenheim is an actress, writer, and comedian based in Los Angeles but native to Indianapolis. She currently performs regularly at the iconic Groundlings Theatre and stars as Erica in the upcoming Pop TV series, Florida Girls!

Jim Sorgi: Jim Sorgi is embarking on his seventh year in the radio booth as the Colts color analyst.  He previously spent six seasons with the Colts as a quarterback and was part of the Colts Super Bowl Championship team in 2006.  He also played one season for the New York Giants in 2010.  Jim currently resides in Brownsburg, Indiana and graduated from Wisconsin University where he starred on the gridiron for the Badgers.

Matt Taylor: Matt is heading into his second year as the voice of the Colts handling all radio play by play duties for the team as well as hosting weekly radio shows and Colts podcasts.  Matt has been with the Colts since 2012, and is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and graduated from Roncalli High School and Franklin College where he played football at both levels.

Indy Eleven
Ilija Ilić
and Eugene Starikov bring plenty of power to the Indy Eleven lineup on the field. Off the field, these two forwards are proud to represent Indiana’s professional soccer team as the first two “Boys in Blue” to appear in the Indy 500 Festival Parade.


The Serbian native Ilic is no stranger to the Hoosier State after playing the last four years just down I-65 for Louisville City FC. The striker’s 13-goal breakout season last year made him a prime target for Indy Eleven this past offseason, and Ilic made his debut for Indiana’s Team at the start of the current USL Championship season in March.


Born in Ukraine, Starikov has gone back and forth between his homeland and the United States since his childhood, parts of which he spent in Florida and California. 2019 marks the forward’s second season in the Circle City, with previous stops including the New York Cosmos and teams across Eastern Europe.


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, award-winning bands, and all 33 drivers competing in the 103rd Running of the Indy 500.


The 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade will be themed “Your Tradition is Waiting in Our Own Brickyard.” In Indianapolis, the month of May means family, friends, and the 500. For more than 60 years, the IPL 500 Festival Parade has led the charge with our iconic community celebration. Each year builds on the foundation of the last, blending together old and new as the world gathers in the Circle City. Before the green flag drops at the starting line at the brickyard, the 33 drivers parade down the bricks of Monument Circle, admired by the youngest and more experienced race fans. There’s no way to describe the feeling of May until you have experienced it for yourself. But once you have, you’ll treasure the lifelong memories of the high-octane adventures the month brings.


The 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, May 25. Parade festivities will start at 11:45 am ET in downtown Indianapolis. IPL 500 Festival Parade tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at 500festival.com/tickets, by calling (317) 614-6400, or at the 500 Festival Ticket Office, located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis. The Ticket Office is open on weekdays from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.


The IPL 500 Festival Parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports and to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13. For more information about the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please visit 500festival.com/parade or search #IPL500Parade on social media.


EDITOR’S NOTE: To download photos of celebrities participating in this year’s IPL 500 Festival Parade, please click the link embedded in their name.


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.