INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2019) – Chart-topping country music duo the Swon Brothers will serve as the opening act for the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 25. The popular brothers will bring the crowd to their feet as they gear up for the 63rd #IPL500Parade. Country music lovers and race fans can purchase tickets at 500festival.com/tickets/.
The Swon Brothers will first perform the National Anthem before performing their Top 15 HIT “Later On.” They will be joined by Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and the Indiana Pacemates during the opening production. After the opening production, the Swon Brothers will ride the parade route in the 500 Festival themed float, giving all fans the opportunity to see them in person.
The Swon Brothers are an American country music duo from Muskogee, Oklahoma, consisting Zach and Colton Swon. The duo rose to fame as finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” performing on country superstar Blake Shelton’s team. Afterward, the duo released their major-label debut, “THE SWON BROTHERS,” in October 2014, putting their stamp on the 11-song collection by co-producing with award-winning producer Mark Bright. The album’s first single “Later On” was the duo’s first Top 15 HIT.
Zach and Colton received a CMA Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year.” They received an ACM Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year” followed by a CMT Music Award nomination for “Duo Video of the Year.” The Swon Brothers recently performed with Brad Paisley on his Country Nation World Tour and Carrie Underwood on her Storyteller Tour.
“The 500 Festival is excited to have this celebrated country music duo kick off the IPL 500 Festival Parade,” said 500 Festival President and CEO Bob Bryant. “May is all about traditions in Indianapolis, and there’s no greater tradition to start your race weekend than the IPL 500 Festival Parade. Dedicated members of the ‘Swontourage’ and new fans alike are sure to be entertained by the Swon Brothers’ opening performance!”
Honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and just recently inducted into the Rhythm and Routes Oklahoma Music Trail, the Muskogee, Oklahoma natives have been charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities since childhood. Their latest single “Midnight Lovers,” an anthem to young forbidden love, is currently streaming on Spotify and was also co-written by the duo. The brothers’ extreme loyal following, “The Swontourage” celebrate their fandom through daily social media engagement and attending their live shows.
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. NTT IndyCar Series Team Owner Sam Schmidt will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2019 IPL 500 Festival 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.
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.