Community participates in memorial parade for Lindner

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Friends and community members are remembering Carl Lindner Friday during a memorial parade.

Norwood High School band students have been hard at work fine tuning the notes of their fight song to send a message of celebration during the Lindner parade.

They are not the only ones either, at Music Hall they are also planning to play their part.

"I think the music will be celebratory in many respects and pay tribute to a really great man," said Trey Devey, President of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops orchestra.

The loss of Lindner has left a hole at the Cincinnati Symphony, an empty seat Lindner often filled.

"I think about his warmth, his deep intelligence, his understanding of the orchestra," Devey shared. "How much he cared for this institution and the city."

To pay tribute, players will leave the halls of Music Hall and take to the streets.

"This is a once in a lifetime event," Devey said. "This is the end of an era."

Norwood Mayor Thomas Williams, a friend of Carl, says he was never about bringing attention to himself, that instead this parade is more about the community.

"He's got his reward," Williams said. "He did what he wanted to do, he helped the way he wanted to help. He lived the life he was supposed to live and anything else I think he would say, 'Well, why are you doing that for me?'"

The parade began at 9 a.m. Friday and will span from Great American Ball Park all the way up to the Trio restaurant in Kenwood. Along the way, it will pass by more than 20 spots that have felt Lindner's impact including the Great American Ball Park, Music Hall, the Carl Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, and the original UDF; a place that first gave rise to the Lindner family name.

"[The family] wants to share, to give everyone the opportunity to pay their last respects and say goodbye to their father, husband," Williams said. "They want to give everybody an opportunity to do that and I think it's a damn good idea."

Community members wanting to pay their respects can line up along the route of the parade which will begin 9 a.m. Friday.

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