Indy 500 Festival Parade 2013 Photos, Part 5 of 5: Balloons and Floats for the Win

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

The next five entries (to be posted over Memorial Day Weekend as quickly as time and endurance permit) represent a fraction of the pics my wife and I snapped. In many cases, encores and additional takes of specific subjects may be available if anyone out there is interested in seeing more, or is looking for a loved one who was in one of the many marching bands that day. For first-time MCC visitors, please note my wife and I are relative amateurs, obviously not trained professional photographers, sharing these from a hobbyist standpoint because of fun Internet joyfulness.

The grand finale: giant inflatables and dioramas! First in line is my personal favorite of the bunch — Super Grover!

Super Grover, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Also joining us from Sesame Street was his pal, Cookie Monster. C is for Colossal!

Cookie Monster, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Also visiting: Clifford the Big Red Dog. ‘Twas a true PBS Universe summer blockbuster crossover event just waiting to happen.

Clifford the Big Red Dog, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Coming soon to a theater near you: Garfield vs. Care Bears vs. Strawberry Shortcake!

Garfield, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

This inconceivable meeting of the merchandise was held aboard this psychedelic candy train, which probably ends with a spectacular crash at the end of the film, possibly while being chased by numerous other snack-based vehicles. Think “Sugar Rush” from Wreck-It Ralph except even faster and more explosive, or like a Fast and the Furious sequel with better dialogue and less cleavage. I’m pretty sure I’m on to something here.

candy train, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Not every character was from a kids’ show. Making his Indianapolis float premiere this year: Darth Stewie from Family Guy. Little kids justly barred from watching that show probably thought it was just someone’s cute vision of a Chibi Vader.

Darth Stewie, Family Guy, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Not every character was from TV. Behold the eponymous star of the upcoming DreamWorks Animated film Turbo, in theaters July 19th. Too bad it was one of the rudest floats in the parade, specifically designed with a fixed crooked neck and thereby ignoring our half of the audience.

Turbo, DreamWorks, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Not every character was from animation. Behold two stars from Angry Birds, the video game that’s taken the smartphone world by storm. That might be great if I owned a smartphone as of this writing.

Angry Birds, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Please rise at your desk for the passing of the floating American flag and sing the patriotic song of your choice. Remember, if no one around you joins in, it’s because they’re having a shameful moment of weakness.

American flag balloon, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Not every character had a name, a cartoon, or a line of toys. I don’t even remember which massive corporation sponsored this float. I just thought it was an above-average photo.

auto racing float, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

There’s no mistaking which massive corporation funded this float. Indianapolis Power & Light enlisted Shocky the Electricity Sprite to share a simple message with his fans: “Hey, kids! Don’t forget to use electricity!”

IPL sprite, 500 Festival Parade 2013, Indianapolis

Thanks for viewing! Other chapters in this series may be viewed at the following links:

Part 1: the Special Guests
Part 2: Some of Your Qualifying Drivers
Part 3: Star Wars! and Other Fashion Choices
Part 4: a Salute to the Marching Bands

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About Randall A. Golden
A Hoosier since birth, a geek since age 6, a father since age 22, and a Christian since age 30. Full-time customer service rep; part-time Internet participant; content provider to Nightly.net since 2001; prone to Twitter-lurking as @RandallGolden . Views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of any other corporation, being, or party line.

One Response to Indy 500 Festival Parade 2013 Photos, Part 5 of 5: Balloons and Floats for the Win

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