The AES 500 Festival Parade has celebrated the world’s largest single-day sporting event – the Indianapolis 500. Traditionally held on the day before the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the AES 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s largest, most-respected parades with a storied tradition of featuring the best bands in America. This spectacular show also includes larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities, and all 33 drivers competing in the Indy 500. The AES 500 Festival Parade is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that band members will never forget!
Bands selected to participate in the AES 500 Festival Parade will perform for the 200,000+ spectators that line the 1.5-mile route, which travels the streets of downtown Indianapolis. The AES 500 Festival Parade is broadcast nationally on Peacock and to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13 (NBC affiliate). The entire Parade is also live-streamed with no breakaways via WTHR’s Band Cam – so you’ll never miss a single performer or a moment of pageantry and fanfare.