You know it’s May in Indianapolis when you start to see the checkered flags adorning residential porches & decks, commercial buildings and even a few vehicles.

Although we all know Indianapolis hosts many amazing events, programs and attractions year round, Worldwide, our city is largely known for the 102 year old event, The Indy 500. In the world of motor-sports, The Indianapolis 500 is the oldest and one of the most significant events in the world.

During the month of May, there are 50 events that take place but we always know when The Snake Pit Ball is near because of the formal wear we clean around this event.  On the eve of Sunday’s race, VIP guests and celebrities in town for the race attend a black-tie event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  Our professionals expertly clean and press many of the elaborate gowns, with delicate fabrics and beading, as well as the suits and tuxedos that are the attire of the evening, before an after the event.

Socializing, a formal dinner, and a performance by a famous band (this year its Foreigner) is always on the agenda.  Guests arrive via red carpet and all the local news teams as well as national entertainment news teams cover the footage.

Indy 500 Race Events in Indianapolis

Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run– May 11th:  Kids’ Day is the state’s largest outdoor free festival for children.  Kids can ride a 70-foot Ferris wheel, race remote-controlled cars and test their skills in a race car simulator!  The Rookie Run invites all kids ages 3-12 to join the non-competitive 500 Festival  Rookie Run downtown Indianapolis.  “All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runners bib with the  number 1, and a finisher’s medal – just like the Mini-Marathon”.

Breakfast at the Brickyard – May 18th:  Breakfast and a lap around the track in your own vehicle followed by a tour of the garages.  In addition, the 2013 500 Festival Queen will be crowned.

American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day – May 22nd:  Drive your own vehicle on the track; stop by the Safety 1st car seat safety check to ensure your car seat is properly installed; play in a designated play area; tour the IndyCar car transport trailers, visit Pit Lane and get autographs from favorite Indianapolis 500 drivers.

500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce – May 24th:  On the north steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument a wreath-laying ceremony dedicated to the memory of all Hoosiers in wars and conflicts will take place at noon.

The 500 Festival Parade – May 25th:  Starting at noon at North and Pennsylvania streets and ending at 11th & Meridian.  An annual event since 1957, spectators will line the streets the day before the Indy 500 race to watch giant floats, bands, community leaders, patriotic units and celebrities parade through the streets of downtown.

What race day activities are on your agenda this month?  What are the “can’t miss” events?

– S.O.