Last minute preparations before Opening Day

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - With only hours left before Opening Day, crews at Great American Ball park took advantage of every last second. Workers prepped the field for its moment in the sun.

On Thursday, the king of the city will be baseball, but the queens of the Queen City will be the Budweiser Clydesdales.

The world renowned animals are currently stabled along Broadway Avenue and Pete Rose Way, next to the GABP. Handlers were busy on Wednesday. The two-thousand pound beauties must be groomed and clipped before their appearance in the parade.

"Each show, every day we do, it takes five hours to get ready for each show," said handler Burton Westbrook. "By the time we clean the horses, wash the legs, groom the horses, clean the harness, get the wagon ready."

Miles away, fourth graders at St. Veronica Catholic School ran through one last dress rehearsal. The young singers practiced their song line up for the parade.

"The children are allowed to choose a Cincinnatian that they want and many of them come from employment places that their parents are," said Pat Hemingway, a teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School.

The youngsters will represent the finest landmarks of the Tri-State while also celebrating America's team.

"It's been really cool and very fun and I think it's really great that we get to go and represent St. Veronica," said fourth grader Nicole Bauer.

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