AES 500 Festival Parade

AES 500 Festival Parade

MAY 25, 2024
MAY 25, 2024

Adding Color to Downtown Indy Since 1957!

The AES 500 Festival Parade, one of the original 500 Festival events, ranks among the nation’s most prominent parades, receiving national recognition amongst the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Over 200,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown Indianapolis to witness the extravagant floats, enormous helium balloons, renowned figures, esteemed guests, top-notch bands, and all 33 Indy 500 drivers in action.

Mark your calendars for the 2024 AES 500 Festival Parade, set to take place on Saturday, May 25, in downtown Indianapolis. Festivities kick off at 11:45 am, and the parade begins at noon. You can catch the parade on WTHR, Channel 13, for the Indianapolis audience and nationally on Peacock.

Ticket Information

Parade Day Info

2024 Parade Lineup

Marching Bands

2024 Floats

Specialty Units

Grand Marshal

Parade History


2024 Opening Production

This year’s opening production will be led by American musician and singer-songwriter, Phillip Phillips. Former American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips is best known for his melodic radio hit, “Home” which launched him to fame in 2011 and marked the most successful coronation hit of any American Idol winner to date. Shortly after “Home” climbed the charts, Phillips released his first full-length album “The World from the Side of The Moon”, followed by “Behind the Light,” and brought together by his 3rd release, “Collateral.” When the pandemic hit in 2020, Phillip, like many others, had to take a hard look at his life and career. After welcoming his son Patch in 2019, he found a new inspiration for writing music. 4 years after his last release, Phillips has brought us “Love Like That,” a song dedicated to the unconditional love he has for his wife and child. As he reintroduces himself to the world with his latest single, Phillips hopes to reconnect with his fanbase and get back on tour.

The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and the Indiana Pacemates will perform to Phillip Phillips’ music and put on a production you won’t want to miss!

This opening production is a great example of this year’s theme, Iconic Moments in Indy, where we can see popular singers/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. On the evening of the parade, The Vogue will host a Phillip Phillips concert presented by Forty5 and the 500 Festival.