May 23, 2005

Pacers' Miller to lead annual 500 parade

Star report

Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller will serve as grand marshal of Saturday's IPL 500 Festival Parade, officials announced today.

The annual parade, which begins at noon in Downtown Indianapolis, is traditionally held the day before the Indianapolis 500.

Miller was a five-time NBA All-Star during an 18-year career with the Pacers that ended with last week's playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons. He led the team to the NBA Finals in 2000.

“It’s fitting having an Indianapolis star serve as grand marshal of one of the city’s largest and most-cherished events,” President and CEO of the 500 Festival Kirk Hendrix said in a prepared statement. “Selecting Reggie as grand marshal is a wonderful way for the 500 Festival, our city and state, to pay tribute to a man who has touched our lives."

Miller finished sixth on the all-time list in games played with 1,389. He retired as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 2,560 and finished 12th on the all-time scoring list with 25,279 points.