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Opening Day Parade Won't Be On Opening Day in 2018

Tana Weingartner
The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade is moving this year to April 2nd, four days after Opening Day because merchants would lose business right before Easter.

The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will not be on Opening Day next year. Chairman Neil Luken says the market voted to hold it the Monday after the Thursday opening day game because it would be bad for their Easter business.

In a Wednesday news conference Luken said, "We're going to hope we can rekindle the Opening Day atmosphere four days later and also be able to take care of our customers down here at Findlay Market. Everybody have a great Easter and come out on that Monday, ready to support the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Reds, and Findlay Market."

Luken says the Opening Day Parade will be back on the actual Opening Day in 2019.

Parade organizers hope they can draw the same type of excitement and the same type of crowd as they have before. According to Luken, "There's really not a good solution to our problem. I mean it sounds kind of funny to have an Opening Day parade on the fourth day (of the season). I'm not going to say we're going to get by with that. But this was the best solution that worked out for the parties down here."

He says the 2018 parade will still be called "The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade." There have been other years when the parade was not on Opening Day.

  • In 1990 when the Reds opened up on the road after a strike.
  • In 1994 Opening Day was on Easter Sunday.
  • In 1995 because of the MLB strike.

Statement from Reds COO Phil Castellini

“No question that the Findlay Market Parade is a huge part of what makes the start of the baseball season a celebration. We understand the dilemma faced by the Merchants, and respect the decision made by them and the Parade Committee to hold the parade on Monday,” said Phil Castellini, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds. “We will embrace the Parade with the same enthusiasm we do every year."

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.