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Monday, April 01, 2013

Cincinnati: Opening Day parade is about more than just baseball

I once got stuck behind something called The King Frost Parade...almost made me want to get a bent twig and go fishing. Again, almost.

To Cincinnatians, the parade is about more than just baseball. The parade is steeped in tradition that goes back nearly 100 years.

The parade is somewhat of a holiday in Cincinnati.

“This is Cincinnati’s unofficial holiday,” said parade chairman Neil Luken. “I mean it’s kind of, you can say, Thanksgiving or Christmas. You just say Opening Day and people concede that with a holiday.

There is electricity in the air.

“Everybody seems real excited. Everybody’s kind of pumped up,” explains Luken. “Everybody thinks the Reds are going to do real well this year.”

Monday will bring an organized chaos to Findlay Market as 189 marching bands, floats and other entrants make their final preparations for the 94th Annual Opening Day Parade.

...The parade will last about two hours. If the parade lasts any longer, Luken says spectators will begin to lose interest.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be member of the Big Red Machine, George Foster. Matt Latos and Bronson Arroyo will also be on hand along with 100-thousand spectators.

Repoz Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:31 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:48 AM (#4400630)
I've been seeing ads for Angels-Reds all week. This time a year, you expect that to be an ad for a spring training game. I'm still not so sure.
   2. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:53 AM (#4400632)
The parade will last about two hours. If the parade lasts any longer, Luken says spectators will begin to lose interest


I lose interest in parades roughly five minutes in.

But opening day is worth celebrating. WOOHOO!
   3. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:23 AM (#4400697)
40 degrees with a wintry mix falling right now in Cincy. A beautiful day for baseball! Happy Opening Day everyone! (yes, I am going to the parade).
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:02 AM (#4400784)
Meanwhile, Washington is enjoying its first day of good weather in weeks for its own opening day, and it's supposed to resume raining tomorrow. Somewhere William Howard Taft is sitting in his elephant-sized bathtub and jovially twirling his mustache.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4400837)
I remember the 80 degree day in Washington when Roy Halladay made his first start. It was glorious weather. In 25 years, if I'm still around, I'll be telling my grandkids that the stadium was 90% Phillies fans.
   6. Shredder Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4400865)
I realize that baseball has to open in some cold weather cities. But it's ridiculous that baseball makes warm weather teams open in cold weather cities. Start the season with Reds/Twins or something. Having the Padres open in New York? Makes no sense. It's equally ridiculous to have two warm weather cities open against each other, like last night.
   7. greenback is on a break Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4400878)
I mean it’s kind of, you can say, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

God as my witness, I thought Aroldis Chapman could start.
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:29 PM (#4400886)
green

paraphrasing the single best line in sitcom history
   9. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:28 PM (#4401083)
I realize that baseball has to open in some cold weather cities. But it's ridiculous that baseball makes warm weather teams open in cold weather cities. Start the season with Reds/Twins or something. Having the Padres open in New York? Makes no sense. It's equally ridiculous to have two warm weather cities open against each other, like last night.


I think they do it so the cold-weather cities can sell a few more tickets in April, right?
   10. The District Attorney Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4401095)
the single best line in sitcom history
"Who are you? And how did you get in here?"
"I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith."

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