CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Darrell Smith, a vendor at Great American Ballpark, said he hasn't missed an Opening Day in 30 years.
It's a popular story heard around the Queen City as thousands of baseball fans descended on downtown to participate in Cincinnati Reds Opening Day traditions.
"I think a lot of it goes back to Cincinnati being the first major league baseball team... Everybody pretty much considers Opening Day to be a Cincinnati holiday," Smith told FOX19's Lisa Hutson.
It's been a long winter, and Cincinnatians welcomed the return of their favorite sport in the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. FOX19's Sara Celi, who walked in the parade, said the entire FOX19 crew challenged each side of the parade route to shout their spirit the loudest.
"We didn't have a hard time pumping up the crowd," Sara said.
The excitement was felt throughout downtown, whether it was for seasoned fans or new-comers.
Lisa Hutson spoke with a man and his young son, who were experiencing their first Opening Day together.
"It's fun so far. I hope the Reds win," the boy, decked out in Reds gear, said.
And although the Reds endured a tough loss to the Cardinals, the excited atmosphere remained as baseball fans exited Great American Ballpark.
"It was still a good game. I think it'll be a good season," said Reds fan Becky Blevins as walked out to Crosley Terrace.