INDIANAPOLIS (March 12, 2012) – For those who played with their school’s marching band in one of the previous 54 500 Festival Parades, there will be a chance for an encore performance! For the second year, the 500 Festival is offering the Play it Again Band (PIAB), which will be comprised of former high school and college band members interested in reliving the thrill of marching through downtown Indianapolis in front of nearly 300,000 spectators. The 2012 IPL 500 Festival Parade will take place on May 26 in Downtown Indianapolis.
“The Play it Again Band offers a chance for participants to relive the experience of marching downtown in front of thousands of spectators,” said Toni Meyer, Event Director, 500 Festival. “It’s truly a unique opportunity to rekindle old friendships, march with other alumni or create more memories in the magical month of May.”
In order to participate in the Play it Again Band, those interested must be 18 years of age or older. Participants must also provide and be able to play their own instrument and march the length of the two-mile parade route. For $20, PIAB members will receive a commemorative shirt and hat, along with a boxed lunch on Parade day.
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.