Save the Date and Come Out For The Indianapolis 500 Community Parade Saturday, April 28, 2012 on Broadway
Plan to come out and help New Haven celebrate the history of the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday, April 28, 2012. After a special tribute to our military, The Mayor will wave the green flag and start the parade at 11:00 am on Broadway and Main. The Parade will continue down Broadway and end at Schnelker Park. More events will continue in the park along with a car show until 4:00 p.m. The parade will feature classic Indy race cars, the Corvette Club, Mustang Club and other vintage vehicles. The parade will also host an Indy 500 Princess and a former Indy 500 Queen from New Haven. Come say hello to various sports mascots. The Racing Shriners are always a crowd pleaser as they show off their driving skills with their mini-Indy 500 race cars. The Shriners’ Horse Patrol also plans to participate this year. We are very excited to have former race car driver Merle Bettenhausen serve as the parade Grand Marshall followed by a meet and greet and autograph session. Spread the word and share in the excitement of this celebration. Be a part of the video and wave checkered flags during the parade. Additional activities will be held in Schnelker Park, including group contests, events for kids and booths hosting various organizations. A complete list of these events will be detailed in a special flier that will be included with your April water bill.

FREE QUALIFICATION DAY TICKETS… By participating in the Back Home Again in Indiana Decoration Program, the City of New Haven will receive Qualification Day tickets – - and they are giving them to you! Sign up for FREE Qualification Day Tickets in Schnelker Park after the parade. A pair of tickets will be available to the first 200 people who register. Tickets will be available for pick up at the New Haven Park Dept. (Limit one registration per family.)

CAR SHOW… A special car show will be held from 12 noon – 4:00 pm in Schnelker Park. Anyone interested in participating in the Car Show should contact the New Haven Park Office at 749-2212. The car show will include the 1961 Indy Roadster and Arie Luyendyk’s Indy race car. They are also looking for any vehicles that have a connection with the Indy 500 such as pace cars, parade vehicles, or other support vehicles. For information, or to enter your vehicle in the parade, please contact the Park Office.

After the parade, join your family and friends in Schnelker Park for some food and fun. The Alumni Band will play in the gazebo until 12:30 p.m. directly followed by several different contests, including the Indy Pit Crew Obstacle Course, Water Wars Contest and a New Haven Mini 500 with pinewood derby cars. Kids can get their face painted and get their photo taken with the Indy 500 Princess and Queen. Join us in the “Indy snake pit” (ages 15+) for more fun and entertainment. Events will include a Cornhole Tournament, Movin’ & Groovin’ Dance Contest, the Swingin’ to Indy Hula Hoop Contest, and the Men’s Hairy Chest Contest. These events will be fun to watch and YOU get to help determine the winner through audience participation. For more information on any of these events, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 748-7070.

POSTED: 03/21/12 at 5:38 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News