Phillip Phillips Announced as AES 500 Festival Parade Opening Production

Phillip Phillips Announced as AES 500 Festival Parade Opening Production

INDIANAPOLIS (March 22, 2024) – The 500 Festival announces the performance of Phillip Phillips for the opening production of the 2024 AES 500 Festival Parade. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at beginning at $25. Proceeds from all 500 Festival ticketed events help support the organization’s free programming and events for Indiana youth and college students.  

This year’s opening production will be led by American musician and singer-songwriter, Phillip Phillips. Phillips is a former American Idol winner with the most successful coronation hit of any American Idol winner, with his 2011 song, “Home”. Performing on stage to his music will be the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and the Indiana Pacemates.  

This opening production is a great example of this year’s theme, Iconic Moments in Indy, where we can see popular singer/songwriters and performers come together to create an unforgettable experience.  

“Forty5 and the 500 Festival are partnering together to bring Phillip Phillips to Indianapolis for the opening performance of the 500 Parade,” said The Vogue. “The evening of the parade, The Vogue will host a Phillip Phillips concert presented by Forty5 and the 500 Festival. Forty5 is thankful to be partnering with an amazing organization for a special event in the city of Indianapolis on race weekend!” 

The Parade will take place on Saturday, May 25, in downtown Indianapolis with festivities beginning at 11:45 a.m. This classic race-weekend tradition features spectacular floats, larger-than-life balloons, marching bands from across the country, celebrities, everyday heroes, and the 33 drivers that will be competing in the Indy 500.  

The Parade will be televised live locally on WTHR, Channel 13, and streamed nationally on Peacock. The broadcast will also re-air on May 25, at 8:00 p.m.  

To purchase tickets for the Phillip Phillips encore performance at The Vogue click here. 

Support of the AES 500 Festival Parade is provided by: AES, WTHR-13, American Dairy Association of Indiana, Anthem, Central Indiana Chevy Dealers, Eli Lilly, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyHumane, KeyBank, Meijer, OneAmerica, Regions Bank, Republic Airways, Susan G. Koman, The Vogue, and USIC. 


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 that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster a 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 $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram 

About The Vogue | Forty5 exists as an experiences organization to bring people together through music. We believe live music has the power to bring people together, be a catalyst for collaboration and partnership, spark economic growth, strengthen connections and communities, and increase quality of life.