CINCINNATI (WDTN) – The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade made the most of good weather and its one-hundredth consecutive parade as host, packing a parade with everything from famous ball players to famous musicians to famous monster trucks.
After a short rain an hour before the start, Grand Marshall Rob Manfred – the current Major League Baseball commissioner – riding alongside Cincinnati Reds legend and hall-of-fame catcher Johnny Bench, followed a military band down Race St. before a crowd that was five-people deep.
“This is the first for my family, but I’ve been to 55,“ said David Warman. “I think they’re going to have a great season.“
Governor Mike DeWine walked the route along with his grandson, shaking hands with those along the parade route. Local music legends Otis Williams and Bootsy Collins rode in style in twin C class Mercedez-Benz convertibles. Reds pitchers Anthony DeSclafani and Sonny Gray were in the parade, as well as numerous local sports legends like Anthony Munoz and Tom Browning.
The Air Force was present with a 1/4 sized F-22 fighter. The Coast Guard was there as well, towing boats through they use for rescues. Most major businesses in Cincinnati had a presence in the parade. Monster truck Grave Digger was in the parade, with a crew member standing through the roof and proudly waving a Reds flag.
One attendee summed up his first Opening Day parade; “Man, this is really cool, and it’s really long.“
The Cincinnati Reds kick off the season at home, hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates, with first pitch set for 4:10 p.m.
There is a full schedule of events for Opening Day. Find the list here.