CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Opening Day festivities for the Cincinnati Reds have been moved from Good Friday to the day before.
The Reds will play the Miami Marlins at 4:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park on Thursday, April 5.
The original 2012 schedule released in September had Opening Day on Friday, April 6, which created controversy because April 6 is Good Friday, and one of the busiest days of the year for vendors at Findlay Market, site of the Opening Day parade.
"We want to thank Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and the Reds and Marlins players for agreeing to move Opening Day to Thursday, April 5," said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO. "Opening Day is a long-standing tradition for this team, our fans and the City of Cincinnati and we are pleased that the parade and game will now be on Thursday."
"The Findlay Market Association is once again proud to be the sponsor of the Opening Day parade," said Neil Luken, Chairman of the 93rd Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. "We want to thank the Reds and Major League Baseball for working with the Findlay Market vendors so we can put on a great parade."
According to Luken, the parade route will be the same as previous years and start time of the parade will be adjusted to occur closer to game time.
2012 marks the first year that Reds Opening Day will be recognized as a ceremonial City holiday in Cincinnati.