The city of Indianapolis and its residence are getting ready for the Month of May and The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

The 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is less than one month way.

Local residents are being encouraged to decorate their homes in racing colors.

Speaking ahead of the month of May, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J Douglas Boles said:

Community is one of the many ways May is special. “Throughout the city, our neighbors, partners and local organizations roll out the checkered carpet to welcome visitors and gather together to ensure the Indy 500 is truly ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

Countdown Signage installed this week includes the renaming of downtown Indianapolis streets after Indianapolis 500 drivers and the takeover of the JW Marriott hotel façade and Indianapolis International Airport Civic Plaza.

Additional décor includes the latest collection of Welcome Race Fans art. In collaboration with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the artwork of Anna Afshar, Lindsey Lord, Miracle Hall (Ratat Rayay), Jaylei Marie Osting and Carlos Sosa Pagán has been installed at locations throughout Indianapolis. Look for the art on Main Street in Speedway, the Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis Arts Garden, The Amp at 16 Tech and Clay Terrace Mall, among other locations. Snap a photo and share it on your social media pages with #WelcomeRaceFans to help welcome fans to Indy.

As the calendar turns to May, neighborhoods around the state begin to proudly display their own festive, race-themed decor. It’s common to see black-and-white drapes, checkered pennants, race flags and even homemade decorations at Hoosier homes and businesses.

Embrace the sense of community that embodies Indy during the Month of May by adorning your homes in race-themed decor and by hosting a porch party with neighbors and friends. The community-centric, porch party initiative works in partnership with the Harrison Center for the Arts. The first porch party celebration of the year will take place Friday, May 3 at the Harrison Center. Register your porch party at

Race fans also are encouraged to dress themselves in their best and most festive “500” items every Friday in May. 500 Fashion Fridays is a creative and unique outlet for fans to show their Indy 500 pride and excitement for the race. Be sure to share #500FashionFridays

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