As in years past, thousands of people are expected to participate in the parade and related activities. Dozens of businesses and organizations have already committed to provide entries in the parade and many more are expected. Sponsorships are also being arranged as well. For more information regarding the event, visit the website www.miraclemileparade.com or call 781-4769. Parade entries are now being accepted online.
Spearheading this year’s event is the primary title sponsor of the 2013 ABC Miracle Mile Parade — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana and its President/CEO J.R. Gaylor.
“On behalf of our membership, it is our honor to serve as the title sponsor of the 2013 ABC Miracle Mile Parade,” Gaylor said in a press release. “The opportunity to help support the families and friends of our Southside neighborhoods and the city of Indianapolis is exciting and all of the activities planned for this event is sure to be a great time for everyone.”
Led by the Gateway Community Alliance, the progress that has been achieved throughout the Southside began in earnest prior to the 2007 Miracle Mile Parade.
At that time, the “Miracle Mile Parade” sought to rekindle the spirit of community from the days of yesteryear. In 1957, Claude B. Kendall, owner of the Key West Shrimp House, had a vision to bring families to the greater south side of Indianapolis to enjoy fine dining, great entertainment, and an evening in the amphitheater at Garfield Park. Through Kendall’s leadership and a partnership with the Madison Avenue Businessmen Association, the “Miracle Mile Parade” was first formed.
Today, more than 50 years later, the grassroots effort has continued as the founding members of the Gateway Community Alliance have joined forces with both the private and public sectors on a journey to re-discover the “Miracle Mile Parade.”