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300K turn out for 500 Festival Parade

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INDIANAPOLIS - The 500 Festival Parade is a tradition dating back to 1957.

The eve of the running of the Indianapolis 500 is marked by the parade each year. This year, more than 70 parade entries weaved their way through the streets of downtown Indianapolis Saturday afternoon, while an estimated 300,000 people watched.

While seats were for sale along the parade route, others decided to bring their own chairs, including Dave Marsh. He and his family made themselves at home, bringing a table and chairs to set up shop early Saturday morning along Meridian Street.

“We got here about 8:30 am,” said David Marsh. The parade started at noon.

Marsh entertained people who may have traveled the farthest.

“My wife makes great homemade granola bars so we had those baked up last night and we have our friends from France,” Marsh said.

They all got to see some pretty big acts and names, including Parade Grand Marshall Josh Kaufman, who says this entire week still seems like a blur.

"“The whole thing has been so big and so much more than I could have thought it could be, so every step of the way has been just kind of like wow,” Kaufman said with a laugh.

That's also how Terre Haute’s Lauren Issacs feels, just a week into her role as 500 Festival Queen.

“I've wanted to do this since probably I was an 8th grader or freshman in high school and this is helping me in my career also because you've just got to keep going,” she said.

The people and floats did just that, putting on a show for an hour and a half.
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