CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hey, batter-batter -- we are just 20 short days away from the 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade and the first day of the Reds 2019 season.
Findlay Market is rounding third and heading for home as parade preparations are being finalized for the landmark event in the Queen City.
The parade committee, the Reds and parade spokesperson Jim Scott were on deck and called to the batter’s box Friday morning at Findlay Market to announce new additions being added to celebrate the big anniversary.
Findlay Market says there will be something for everyone.
“And that’s the neatest thing about this parade, so to speak. Is that if you’re 2-years-old, or 102-years-old, there’s something for everybody, and you don’t have to wait all day to see something. Something that’s going to entertain the kids that’s going to come down, something that’s going to entertain their grandparents that come down the street. Continuously flowing,” Opening Day Parade Chairman Neil Luken said.
The parade is scheduled for March 28 with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred serving as grand marshal.
Officials say Reds great and Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will be riding in the parade alongside the commish. Bench will also be catching the first pitch for the start of the big 1-5-0 for the team.
Ahead of the first game, former Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo will be delivering the official game ball and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will be the honorary captain for the game.
Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Reds will take the diamond against the Pittsburgh Pirates later that day at 4:10 p.m.
The team’s 150th anniversary falls on the 150th anniversary of Major League Baseball.