INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Celebrities and dignitaries made an appearance in downtown Indianapolis for the annual Memorial Day weekend parade.
The 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade's grand marshal was Sam Schmidt, the co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Schmidt suffered a spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opening race at Walt Disney World Speedway. In response, he created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF). The foundation's project, Conquer Paralysis Now, is dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis.
Also appearing was Indianapolis native Marc Summers. Summers was a central Indiana broadcaster before becoming a national name as the host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare." He is also the host of the Food Network's "Unwrapped."
Jerry Mathers, better known as Theodore "the Beaver" Cleaver from the TV classic "Leave it to Beaver" was downtown for the parade.
A familiar duo from NBC's The Voice performed at the parade. Zach and Colton Swon, better known as The Swon Brothers, was the parade's opening act.
Hershel "Woody" Williams is a Medal of Honor Recipient who appeared at the parade.
IU alum Jim Cornelison was back in the parade this year. He'll sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday.
Disney Channel actor Jake Short appeared in the 2019 parade.
Jackson Robert Scott had a breakout role as Georgie in the 2017 remake of "It."
NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Davis is a race fan who said he looks forward to Sunday's race.
Florida Girls actress Patty Guggenheim is an Indianapolis native who participated in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.