There are many Indy 500 traditions. Since I had never been to the race before, I didn't know much about them. We faced right across from the official grand stand so I was able to get a front row seat in everything. Above is a shot of Florence Henderson singing "God Bless America".
Julianne Hough sung the National Anthem in front of the soldiers gathered for the parade. She did a good job. I'd have to think that the band and soldiers gathered immediately below Julianne had an exciting view of the proceedings.
Jim Nabors came out and sang the Indiana song. I guess he was sick the previous year but he showed up this year.
Then they released the balloons and you can see them rising above the Grandstand, looking north from where we sat. Note - this balloon picture turned out really well if you click on it and see the picture at full size you can really see the details on the individual balloons.