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Celebrities wave to IPL 500 Festival Parade crowd in downtown Indy

The 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade's grand marshal was Sam Schmidt, the co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Celebrities and dignitaries made an appearance in downtown Indianapolis for the annual Memorial Day weekend parade.

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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.

Alyssa Raymond is speaking with Grand Marshal Sam Schmidt.

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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."

Double Dare and Unwrapped host Marc Summers is speaking before the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

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Jerry Mathers, better known as Theodore "the Beaver" Cleaver from the TV classic "Leave it to Beaver" was downtown for the parade.

Alyssa Raymond is interviewing actor Jerry Mathers before his appearance in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

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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.

The Swon Brothers are chatting with Alyssa Raymond before the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

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Hershel "Woody" Williams is a Medal of Honor Recipient who appeared at the parade.

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams is speaking with Alyssa Raymond.

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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.

Jim Cornelison is here!

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Disney Channel actor Jake Short appeared in the 2019 parade.

The Disney Channel's Jake Short is talking with Alyssa Raymond before the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

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Jackson Robert Scott had a breakout role as Georgie in the 2017 remake of "It."

Celebrities are arriving for the IPL 500 Festival Parade. Actor Jackson Robert Scott from the "It" reboot is talking with Alyssa Raymond right now.

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NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Davis is a race fan who said he looks forward to Sunday's race.

Alyssa Raymond is speaking with Terrell Davis before the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

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Florida Girls actress Patty Guggenheim is an Indianapolis native who participated in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

Actress Patty Guggenheim is speaking with Alyssa Raymond before the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

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