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Exciting baseball weekend in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's an exciting weekend for baseball in Cincinnati, as the Civil Rights game comes to the Queen City for the second consecutive year.

Festivities start Friday with a roundtable discussion at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center MLB Hall of Famer and Reds legend Joe Morgan, MLB Network analyst and Reds legend Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Olympic gold medalist and tennis legend Zina Garrison and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense/White House Liaison Michelle Jones.

On Saturday, the MLB Beacon Awards luncheon will honor Willie Mays (Beacon of Life), Billie Jean King (Beacon of Change) and Harry Belafonte.

The Reds take on the Cardinals at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday in a battle for first place.

And that's just some of the activities going on. Click here for a complete list of festivities.

Retailers and restaurants are gearing up for a big weekend, as well.

"One of the things we learned is that we have a lot of famous people that will be around downtown, so we're talking it up, as much as we can with the stores, and I was just actually in a men's clothing store, and they were telling me who was coming in," said David Ginsburg with Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated.

This is the second consecutive year that Cincinnati was chosen to host the Civil Rights Game weekend. The idea to bring the festivities to Cincinnati came in 2008 after MLB officials visited the Freedom Center.

"We provide a historical background for Civil Rights movement because it arose out of the excesses of slavery and what to make up for the loss," said Paul Bernish, executive director of the Freedom Center.

There will be some street closures downtown during the weekend. Click here for a list.

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