Air out your Reds gear and practice your fake cough, 'cause it is time to celebrate baseball’s annual festival. The Queen City honors the unofficial holiday on Thursday as the Cincinnati Reds face the Milwaukee Brewers at 2:10 p.m. at the Great American Ball Park. The baseball season kicks off with 92nd annual Opening Day Parade. It will begin at the Race Street entrance of Findlay Market at 10:30 a.m. and Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan will be this year's grand marshal.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are expected to return along with red convertibles and a truck brigade, floats, local high school bands, local politicians and (of course) CityBeat’s annual rolling concert stage featuring a surprise local musical act. Crowds will gather in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to watch as the procession travels south on Race Street, turns east on Fifth Street and passes fans on Fountain Square. The parade will end at Fifth and Sycamore streets, in front of the ballpark. After the event, you can dig out your ticket to the sold-out game or head back to the square and celebrate. There, you can watch as the Reds battle the Brewers on the video screen and enjoy an all-day party featuring live music, food, beer and prizes.
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