Here's what you need to know about the 2023 Indianapolis 500 parade

The Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade has a long history, dating back to 1957 — and organizers spend a full year planning each one.

Here's a look at this year's event:

When does the Indianapolis 500 parade start?

The 2023 Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade starts at noon on Saturday, May 27, with other festivities beginning at 11:45 a.m.

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What's the theme of the 2023 Indianapolis 500 parade?

According to, this year's theme is "Fueling May," which is meant to celebrate "the people, traditions, history and memories that bring the spirit of May to life" in Indianapolis.

What's the Indy 500 parade route?

The parade begins at the American Legion Mall, traveling south on Pennsylvania Avenue to Washington Street, west to Meridian Street, then north to end at North Street.

Get tickets for the AES 500 Festival Parade

Prices range from $25-$45 and can be purchased here.

Parking and street closures during the Indy 500 Parade

Several downtown streets will be closed before and during the race, but several parking facilities will be open. Click here to fund a full list of closings, parking options, shuttles, vendor information and a map of restrooms.

Which marching bands will perform in the parade?

Except for one, all marching bands in the 2023 parade are from Indiana. Here's who you'll see:

  • Clearfield Bison Band

  • Indiana All-Star Marching Band

  • Indianapolis Public Schools All-City Marching Band

  • Montgomery County United Band

  • Purdue "All-American" Marching Band

  • Speedway 500 Regiment

  • The Force of Winchester

  • Tiger Pride Band

  • 38th Infantry Division Band

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