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IPL 500 Festival Parade

 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade float
1957 parade float 380pix

The 2016 IPL float (top), titled "Powering the Celebration" supported the parade’s
theme, “Experience the Celebration.” The 1957 inaugural IPL float (bottom) celebrated Starlight Musicals
and featured an ocean theme.

IPL powers the celebration as the title sponsor for one of the best-known events of May in Indianapolis: the IPL 500 Festival Parade. One of the biggest parades in the country, the parade fills the streets of Downtown Indianapolis, the day before the race. It includes floats, marching bands, giant helium-filled balloons, all 33 Indy 500 drivers, the 500 Festival Princesses and nationally-known celebrities. This year's parade festivities will take place Saturday, May 27, 2017 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Indy. For more information, visit www.500festival.com.

IPL has had a float in the parade every year since its inception in 1957. The parade sponsorship is just one part of IPL’s extensive commitments to community involvement, which involves volunteering at local nonprofit organizations and charitable contributions totaling more than $2 million annually.