BLINK organizers announce parade route, torchbearers
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - BLINK organizers announced the full details of the upcoming parade on Thursday.
The parade will start at 7:30 p.m.
Participants start the parade on Fifth Street in Downtown Cincinnati and will end at Fifth and Elm Streets.
The theme is “Together: a constellation of shared cultures and unique identities; we illuminate joy through creative expression.”
More than 2,500 participants from 85 groups will participate with thousands more expected to watch on.
BLINK partnered with ish, a Cincinnati-based community engagement organization that is centered around Jewish arts, culture, and traditions as a platform to connect artists with diverse communities, for the parade.
“ish is all about celebrating where we’ve come from,” said Marie Krulewitch-Browne, founding executive and artistic director for ish. “We wanted the parade to showcase the incredible diversity and creativity of our region - from individual torchbearers to cultural heritage performance groups and more.”
For the first time, there will be torchbearers, nominated by the community, carrying BLINK torches.
- Will from Make-A-Wish
- Kristen Schlotmann
- Toilynn O’Neal Turner
- Lee Turner
- Jo Martin
- Ian & Jessica Orr
- Gary Dangel
- Charlotte Reed
- Sherry Hughes
- Isaac Wright
“The parade is going to be MAGICAL. This is one of my favorite events and this year’s parade will be the best one yet,” said Krulewitch-Browne. “A parade of nations, woodland creatures, constellations, light up marching bands, children, elders, dance groups, larger-than-life sized puppets, kinetic sculptures, and of course, a wacky weird glimpse at Future City inhabitants.”
Parade route road closures start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and go until about 11 p.m.:
- Fifth Street- closed between Central Avenue and Pike Street
- Broadway- closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street
- Sycamore Street- closed between Sixth Street and Fourth Street (Garage access maintained from Sixth Street)
- Main Street- closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street
- Walnut Street- closed between Sixth Street and Fourth Street (Garage access maintained from Sixth Street)
- Vine Street- closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street (Hotel access maintained from Fourth Street)
- Race Street- closed between Sixth Street and Fourth Street (Garage access maintained from Fourth Street)
- Elm Street- closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street
BLINK will take place Thursday through Sunday.
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