PHOTOS: Celebrities, bands, IndyCar drivers cheered on at IPL 500 Festival Parade

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The rain held off for the thousands in attendance at the IPL 500 Festival Parade on Saturday. Actors, singers and marching bands joined IndyCar drivers in the build-up to the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

The annual parade marched down Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis, turned onto Washington Street before heading north up Meridian Street.

The parade aired live on WTHR Saturday afternoon with an encore presentation Saturday night at 9 p.m.

Eyewitness News will begin broadcasting from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday at 5 a.m.

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A number of balloons are waiting for their turn down the streets of Indianapolis. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Live Doppler 13 Meteorologist Angela Buchman (left), Eyewitness News anchor John Stehr (center) and NBC's Kevin Lee (right) hosted the national broadcast of the parade (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The parade aired live on WTHR as well as nationally on NBC Sports Net. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team is a regular participant in the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The National Anthem was performed by Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders danced with violinist Miri Ben-Ari at the start of the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Miri Ben-Ari performed her song "Ten Commandments" for the crowd. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Purdue marching band traditionally performs at the IPL 500 Festival Parade and also has duties on race day. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Purdue marching band's Golden Girl watches her baton in the air. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
A tuba reflects the crowd during the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Purdue marching band is the largest band in the Big Ten. (WTHR Photo)
Children come face to face with celebrities and athletes at the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
It was a windy day for the floats in the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
IndyCar driver Conor Daly gives a thumbs up to the crowd. (WTHR Photo)
IU cheerleaders carried banners announcing each participant in the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The IPL 500 Festival Parade is a very popular race day tradition for families. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The special forces team depicted in the movie "12 Strong" were honored in a float. The float holds a version of the America's Response Monument that sits near Ground Zero in New York City. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Actor Geoff Stults records the crowd during the parade. He was an actor in the movie "12 Strong." (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Balloon characters float over Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Nationalities Council of Indiana had over 80 participants march to celebrate global peace and harmony. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Each balloon has a team of adult handlers. Sometimes even the kids help out. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The military plays a large role during each Indianapolis 500 weekend. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Indiana-native Ben Higgins was "The Bachelor" on season 20 of the reality show. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
IndyCar driver Carlos Muñoz waves to the crowd. All 33 drivers appear in the parade each year. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Concord High School marching band performed in the 2018 parade. Concord is in Elkhart, Ind. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Headphones are a popular way to protect hearing for those lucky enough to sit close to the parade route. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Actor Doug Jones, best known for his "creature-work" in movies like "Shape of Water" and "Pans Labyrinth" is an Indianapolis-native who attended the 500 Festival Parade when he was growing up. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
There's no need to fear, Underdog is here! (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The 500 Festival Princesses wave to the crowd in the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Each year, 33 college-aged women are selected to be a 500 Festival Princess. They attend all 500 Festival events during the month of May. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The Marching Patriots from Jay County High School in Portland, Ind. marched in the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Cara Mund, 2018 Miss America, waves to the crowd. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Victor Oladipo will be the honorary pace car driver at the start of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Young Pacers fans got excited to see All-Star player Victor Oladipo. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
The last leg of the parade went right up Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Red, white and blue apparel was everywhere. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Singer Jim Cornelison is an IU grad who will be singing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" at the 102nd Indianapolis 500. (WTHR Photo)
Ballet Folklorico Mosiacos honored Mexican folk culture and danced their way down the parade route. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Ballet Folklorico Mosiacos was one of the more colorful groups and regularly marches in the parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato wants to drink the milk again this year. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
It was a little hot, but the rain held off for the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade. (WTHR Photo / Scott Hums)
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