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Parade Celebrities

Parade Celebrities

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SAM SCHMIDT (GRAND MARSHAL)

Sam Schmidt is the co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. He was an IndyCar driver when he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway. He’s since created Conquer Paralysis Now, a leading authority on spinal cord injury research and treatment. They are backed by an international coalition of doctors, research scientists and business leaders who share a singular goal: Finding a cure for paralysis. While he lost the use of his limbs, Schmidt never lost his will or his passion for racing. In 2013, Schmidt partnered with Arrow Electronics to make his dream to drive again a reality. A team of engineers and medical researchers modified a car to be safely driven by Sam’s head movement. On May 18, 2014, Sam took the Semi-Autonomous Motor Car (SAM Car) to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he drove for the first time since his accident, reaching 97 MPH. Schmidt will drive the SAM Car in this year’s IPL 500 Festival Parade, marking the first time in the event’s history that the Grand Marshal has driven themselves along the route.

PEYTON MANNING

Peyton Manning is a true Hoosier to the great state of Indiana! He is an American former NFL football player for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. Nicknamed “the Sheriff”, Manning is known for being one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He graduated college from the University of Tennessee and was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame in 2021.

 

TYRESE HALIBURTON

Tyrese Haliburton was born in Wisconsin and played basketball at the Iowa State Cyclones. He was drafted in 2020 by the Sacramento Kings and is now a point guard for the Indiana Pacers.

MARC SUMMERS

Indianapolis native Marc Summers is a television personality, comedian, game show host, producer, and talk show host. He is currently Executive Producer and co-host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, a revival of the series that helped put him on the map in 1986. He also served as host of Unwrapped, one of the longest running series on the Food Network. Most recently, he was Executive Producer for both Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible also for Food Network. Summers is a graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis.

KIM KARDASHIAN

Kim Kardashian is a well-known American media personality from the hit TV Show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” She first gained media attention back in 2003 when she was a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton. Kim has been successful in the business role, especially with her two main businesses involving makeup and a shapewear line, Skimms.

TERRELL DAVIS

Denver Broncos legend, NFL Hall of Famer, and entrepreneur Terrell Davis had a historic NFL career from 1995 to 2001. Davis is the Denver Broncos all-time leading rusher, with 7,607 rushing yards. Davis was sent to the Pro Bowl in the 1996, ’97, and ’98 seasons. Nicknamed “TD,” Davis popularized the “Mile High Salute,” a military-style salute given to fans and teammates in celebration of a touchdown. In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame and into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2017.

JIM CORNELISON

Jim Cornelison is known in the sports world for singing “The National Anthem” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games and major sporting events across the country. He also has captivated Indianapolis 500 fans for the last two years as the singer of “Back Home Again in Indiana”. He’ll appear in the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade before returning to perform the iconic song ahead of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

JASON MOMOA

One of the biggest movie stars from Honolulu, Hawaii, Jason Momoa has taken over the big screens. He is most known for his acting roles in Aqauman, Game of Thrones, Baywatch, Frontier, etc. He has more acting roles in the movie and show genre releasing in 2023, such as Fast X.

MATT TAYLOR

Matt is heading into his second year as the voice of the Colts handling all radio play by play duties for the team as well as hosting weekly radio shows and Colts podcasts. Matt has been with the Colts since 2012, and is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and graduated from Roncalli High School and Franklin College where he played football at both levels.

THE SWON BROTHERS

The Swon Brothers, the popular country music duo who first appeared on Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice, are the opening performers for the IPL 500 Parade. They will first perform the National Anthem before performing their Top 15 HIT “Later on,” accompanied 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. 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.

BEN HIGGINS

The Bachelor favorite Ben Higgins was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana! He appeared on the 20th season of the Bachelor, after making his first appearance in the 11th season of the Bachelorette. He attended Indiana University where he graduated with a degree in public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

LINDSAY CZARNICK

Lindsay is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was raised in northern Virginia where she grew up. Her passion for sport led her to being a sports anchor on ESPN and since 2017, is now a FOX Sports sideline reporter for NFL games.

MADISON KOCIAN

Madison Kocian is a retired American Olympian gymnast and is born and raised from Dallas, Texas. She was the 2016 silver medalist with the uneven bars and is one of four world champions for the uneven bars event. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.

NATHAN KRESS

Nathan Kress is originally from Glendale, California. He began his career at age four and has been seen in shows such as iCarly, starring in Victorious, and Breaking Brooklyn. He’s provided voices for the shows Chicken Little, and the film Babe: Pig in the City!

SHARNA BURGESS

Sharna Burgess was born in Wagga Wagga, Australia and is best known for being one of the best ballroom dancers on the hit ABC series, “Dancing with the Stars.” She won her first Mirrorball trophy on Season 27, with many following seasons placing first runner-up.

LYN ST JAMES

Lyn St. James is known for being the first female driver to win the Rookie of the Year award in the Indianapolis 500 (1992). St. James went on to start seven Indianapolis 500 races and was named one of Sports Illustrated for Women’s Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century. Now, St. James’ focus is motivational speaking revolving around doing the impossible, referencing her breaking into a sport previously dominated by men. She has been a coach and mentor to nearly 300 women drivers across the globe, including Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher.