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Friday 'Orange and Black Day' in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/file)

Mayor John Cranley has declared Friday 'Orange and Black Day' in the Queen City in honor of the Bengals-Steelers NFL wild-card game Saturday.

All city employees who can are encouraged to wear the team’s colors to show their support.

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) will hold a “Light up the Skyline” event on Saturday evening.

DCI is asking all downtown property owners and managers to turn on their lights from 6 p.m. to midnight to help showcase the area’s beauty during the nationally televised game.

The mayors of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh also are wagering local favorite foods on the game.

The loser must send his counterpart the promised treats and serve a meal at a local rescue mission wearing the winning team's jersey.

“Mayor Peduto is a great guy and Pittsburgh is a fantastic city, but let’s face it: We know our Bengals are going to win,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said in a prepared statement.

“This is a fun way to show our confidence in the hometown team,” he said. “And it's really a win-win situation because losing a playoff game isn't quite so bad when you get to help members of your community in need by providing them with a meal.”

Each mayor has engaged local food partners to assist with the wager.

In addition to contributing to the mayor’s care package, partners are donating some of the food that each mayor will serve at his local rescue mission the week following the game.

In Cincinnati, the local food items include sundaes from Graeter’s Ice Cream; chili; coneys from Gold Star Chili and pulled pork sandwiches from Montgomery Inn.

If the Bengals lose, Cranley will serve a meal at City Gospel Mission in Queensgate.

In Pittsburgh, the local food items include sandwiches from Primanti Brothers; frankfurters and pierogies from Franktuary; ketchup, mustard and macaroni and cheese from the Kraft Heinz Co.; ice cream from Dream Cream Ice Cream and Smiley Cookies courtesy of Eat'n Park and

If the Steelers lose, Peduto will serve a meal at Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh.

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