Now that spring's here, our thoughts are turning to baseball. Opening day is Cincinnati's own unofficial holiday, and like most Cincinnati Reds fans, I can't wait to see our team take the field again. The Reds are the oldest team in professional baseball, and the Findlay Market Opening Day parade will kick off for the 91st time on April 5.
Former Reds Manager Sparky Anderson said it best: “It’s a holiday—a baseball holiday! Ain’t no other place in America got that."
Even fans who can't get their hands on those red hot tickets to the Reds' Opening Day game will come out in droves to watch legends like Johnny Bench (one of my childhood idols) ride in the Findlay Market Opening Day parade. This year the organizers did something new when they announced Bench as the Grand Marshal on a new website.
The website highlights some of the fun events at Findlay Market in advance of Opening Day. An old fashioned ice cream social is on the schedule the Saturday before the parade, and you can test your stomach at an ice cream eating contest.
You can start planning with the parade route and timeframe, and the site is chock full of photos from past Opening Day parades, along with favorite memories from people around town, like Reds Owner Bob Castellini, and some TV and radio personalities, including me.
I won't give away the stories I shared for the site here. You can check out all of the fun at http://www.findlaymarketparade.com/