But that date happens to be a Thursday, and Holy Thursday at that, the first day of the four-day Easter weekend.
So, the Findlay Market merchants group that runs the Opening Day Parade opted to hold it four days after the actual Opening Day, on Monday, April 2.
The shop owners group said the market is open and busy on Thursdays and will especially be so on the morning of Holy Thursday. On Mondays, shops are open at the merchants' discretion. And Holy Thursday is ... well, a holy day recognized by most Christian denominations. All of that combined to persuade the parade organizers to hold the festive event a few days after the Reds start their season.
"We're going to hope that we can rekindle the Opening Day atmosphere four days later," Findlay Market Association president Neil Luken said.
What that means for fans is a March 29 Opening Day without an Opening Day parade. And four days later, a parade without an Opening Day game.