There is no more significant cultural event in Cincinnati in the spring then the Cincinnati Reds opening week festivities. There are fans walking the streets dressed in there favorite reds apparel, souvenirs stands, selling reds items, popcorn, peanuts, and cool water, as well as collectors items such as opening day newspapers, and towels. The street vendors are cooking up coney’s, and hamburgers, pizza for visitors. Additional vendors are offering for sell the last minute game day tickets. There is local and nation celebrities that have come to visit our great city and all it has to offer. The talk shows are talking up the Reds and the best new players and why this is the year to go all the way. The city is ready and fired up for the baseball season to begin with the first pitch and the crack of the bat. Here is a listing of some of the opening week activities.
April 5 opening day:
93rd Findley market opening day parade starts at 1pm and goes from Historic Findley Market and throughout downtown, past Fountain Square and to the stadium as fans line the streets, to see floats, reds players, civic groups, TV and radio personalities, and local politicians. Aaron Boone former Reds infielder and ESPN will be the Grand Marshall of the Parade.
Opening Day game starts at 4:10pm against the Florida Marlins. Some highlights of the pre-show will include the national anthem being sang by Award winning singer and songwriter Rodney Atkins. The first pitch will be by retiring Sheriff Simon Leis. There will be moment of remembrance for local business and former owner of Cincinnati Reds Carl Lindner, as well those lost in march’s local tornado outbreak. The holding of a giant American Flag on the field will be by the 338 Recruiting Squad of Wright Patterson during National Anthem.
During the 7th ending stretch there will be singing of “God Bless America” by the Sheriff’s officers James Witharce and Jeff Witharce. Also performed during the 7th ending stretch will be “Take me out to the Ballgame” by Bob Kevolan of the Bob and Tom Show.
April 7 opening night:
The Florida Marlins will continue the opening week with game starting at 7:10pm gates to open at 5pm. The first 20,000 visits will receive a 2012 Reds calendar sponsored by Kroger. There will be a pre-game activities such as a celebration for Golden Glove recipients Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips and Silver Slugger Brandon Phillips. Eben Frankckewitz of American Idol fame and Cincinnati Native will sing the National Anthem. Other celebrities include local Actor Josh Hutchens of the Hunger Games to throw out the first pitch. The Post game activities will be a performance by local 80’s cover band the Rusty Griswold’s.
These activites will be a great fun for the whole family and friends. You will want to attend one or both. Additional information on these events are available at Cincinnatireds.com