By Bonnie Kulenkamp
Each September the Circle City Classic makes it’s way to downtown Indianapolis. Nearly 100,000 spectators attend the Classic Parade and football game annually. This year’s game will be between the Central State University Marauders and the Kentucky State Thorobreds. The game is part of the Indiana Black Expo’s fundraiser that raises money to support youth and family programming and has raised over $3 million in scholarships to support deserving youth to help with the cost of college.
The Classic parade will take place on Saturday, September 26th from 10am to 12pm. The route winds through downtown Indianapolis and happens during pre-game festivities before the Circle City Classic football game and Battle of the Bands. The parade marshal and celebrity guest for this year has yet to be announced, but past parade marshals have included Kelly Rowland, Jerry Rice, and Hoosier favorite Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
My children enjoy the watching Naptown Skate Nation, the Classic princesses, as well as the many talented marching bands and drill groups.
There are many great seats for free around the parade route if you get there early enough. Be sure to pack a picnic blanket for littles to sit on. If you’d rather reserve bleacher seats for the parade, tickets range from $10-$16. You can also purchase seats through Indiana Black Expo Box Office, Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone, (800) 745-3000. You may have to search a bit for parking either in a garage or on the street, so make sure you allow enough time to find a spot and walk to the parade route before the parade begins.
After watching the parade, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many family friendly restaurants downtown, visit the Circle City Classic Tailgating Zone in front of Lucas Oil Stadium, or pack a picnic and head for a nearby park.