AES 500 Festival Parade

Parade Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal
MAY 25, 2024
MAY 25, 2024

The Grand Marshal Tradition


Each year, the AES 500 Festival Parade names a Grand Marshal. One of the Festival’s most anticipated announcements, a wide range of people has filled the role over the last 65 years. From the President of the United States to military heroes – cartoon characters to Hollywood movie stars – racing legends to everyday heroes – a common theme amongst all AES 500 Festival Parade Grand Marshals, they are people who are driven to create change and be a voice for a noble cause.

2024 Grand Marshal | Tamika Catchings

This year’s Grand Marshal is Tamika Catchings, a basketball legend whose impact transcends the court!

Known for her tenacity, versatility, and leadership, Catchings rose to prominence in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as a standout player for the Indiana Fever. Her journey from overcoming hearing impairment to becoming one of the most celebrated players in WNBA history is nothing short of inspirational. Catchings’ remarkable career is adorned with accolades, including multiple WNBA All-Star selections, Defensive Player of the Year awards, and an elusive WNBA championship in 2012.

Beyond her athletic achievements, she’s dedicated herself to empowering others through her Catch the Stars Foundation, which provides educational and sports programs for underprivileged youth. Catchings’ impact extends far beyond basketball arenas, leaving a legacy of perseverance, leadership, and compassion that continues to inspire generations.

We are so excited to honor and celebrate Tamika as the Grand Marshal for the AES 500 Festival Parade.