This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Monday, June 04, 2012
500 Festival Parade & Fashion Show
Marta, Michael, Kathy & Michele
Festival Parade & Fashion Show
far as I can see, a parade has value in but two ways--as a show and as a
symbol, its minor function being to delight the eye, its major one to compel
thought, exalt the spirit, stir the heart, and inflame the imagination.” – Mark
Chris, Kathy & Dakota
Indianapolis 500 is way more than a simple race, for the city of Indianapolis
is part of a much larger month long festival of events and activities that in
many instances have really very little to do with racing at all. Each year, I attempt
to attend and participate in some of these peripheral events and soak in the
spirit that is May in Indianapolis. Two of the biggest and most prestigious are
the annual Cara charities Indy 500 fashion show and the huge Indy 500 Festival
Parade, both of which we attended this year.
Michele, Kathy & Marta
Cara charity fashion show and luncheon is an annual event to raise money for
various local and national charities through the Championship Auto Racing
Auxiliary (CARA) that has been held for thirty-one years. This year the event
was held once again in the ballroom of the downtown Indianapolis Marriot Hotel
and was another huge success with a packed house of local dignitaries and
fashionistas who came to watch Indy 500 drivers, minor celebrities and models
as they donned the latest fashions to support the charity.
Lolly & Marta
Marta & Kathy
year in addition to taking my sister Michele, who came with me last year as
well, my mother Marta and wife Kathy were both in town and able to attend and
take in the festivities. Honorary driver chairs James Hinchcliffe and
three-time winner Johnny Rutherford were on hand as was host Bob Jenkins to
keep things moving. It was a pleasant enough afternoon and it was fun to spend
a fun lunch with three such wonderful and important women in my life.
the luncheon was over, I dragged Marta and Kathy out to the Indiana State
Fairgrounds to attend the annual Indy 500 memorabilia show. I am sure they were
not too excited, but they gamely went along, actually enjoying the huge Lego recreation
of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Saturday prior to the race, Kathy, Dakota, my nephew Chris & I all headed
to downtown Indianapolis along with about 300,000 other people to watch what is
now the third largest parade in America after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. The parade has been an annual
tradition since 1957 and features everything you might expect from a
traditional parade. Huge college and high school marching bands, Floats
including many featuring minor celebrity types and the huge floating balloons
like you see in the Macy’s parade as well as all thirty-three starters for the
is quite a spectacle and quite enjoyable and one that in spite of the massive
crowd, it is relatively easy to find a free unobstructed view along the route
to catch all the action. The weather was hot, but not totally unbearable and
the ninety minute parade seemed to go by pretty quickly.
It was a pretty fun afternoon and we were able to get
in and out and avoid any traffic and get a good vantage point so it was all
good. I really haven’t been to the parade all that often since I was a kid, but
it is still pretty cool to see and I think both Dakota & Chris seemed to
enjoy it so that was cool. It has a very middle-America wholesome patriotic
feel to it as well, partly because it is held on Memorial Day weekend, but also
I think those values are still fairly strong in the Midwest and it is sort of
nice to know that everywhere in America has not turned totally cynical and
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.