Cincinnati Reds Opening Day 2014: Parade rerouted due to streetcar construction

CINCINNATI – This year’s Opening Day parade celebrating the return of baseball to the Queen City is taking a detour.

Parade organizers said in February the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will be routed away from Race Street because of construction for the streetcar project.

Historically, Race Street, where Findlay Market is located, has been the main north-south route for the parade celebrating all things Cincinnati Reds.

Reds Opening Day is set for Monday, with the parade scheduled to kick off at noon. The hometown team faces the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park at 4:10 p.m.

The parade detour will start on Race then west on Liberty, south down Elm Street, east on on Central Parkway and then back to Race where the parade will turn left on Fifth Street past Fountain Square, according to the Findlay Market Parade website.

Street closures for the parade will start in the Findlay Market area at about 8 a.m. Monday.

Most of the closures will be around Race, Elm, and Fifth streets, essentially separating the city from east to west for most of the afternoon.

Cincinnati police say if you’re planning to come downtown 20 to 30 minutes before the start of the game and park anywhere close to the stadium, think again.

Sgt. Timothy Fritz says there are two types of motorists when it comes to Opening Day: those who plan ahead and those who will be frustrated.

"You're going to have those people that come early, do a little pre-planning, know where they want to park, maybe park uptown. Lots (there) will be a little cheaper, easier to get in to," he said. "Then, there's going to be those people who arrive late, have trouble parking, get stuck in traffic. They'll be frustrated before they even get to enjoy the game."

There are a handful street parking space available but they’ll likely be taken early in the day.

Parking garages are available throughout the city including several locations between Third and Sixth streets.

While you can park by Great American Ball Park, be prepared to pay.

"The closer you are to the stadium, the more expensive it's going to be. The further out you get, the cheaper the parking will get. You will have to do a little walking. It's going to be a nice day," Fritz said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the high 50s and mid-60s all day. We'll even have some sunshine.
 

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

or Subscribe now so you can share your opinion! It’s only a penny for a month trial.

Latest Forecast
More Reds News
Reds slump in 7-1 loss to Yankees
Reds slump in 7-1 loss to Yankees

Brandon McCarthy earned his first win for the Yankees with an impressive debut in pinstripes, and Brett Gardner drove in three runs from the…

Reds fall to Yankees 4-3 with no Votto, Phillips
Reds fall to Yankees 4-3 with no Votto, Phillips

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer, and David Phelps pitched the Yankees to a fast start in the second half, leading New York to a 4-3…

VIDEO: What's the point of interleague play?
VIDEO: What's the point of interleague play?

Has interleague play ruined the All-Star Game and even tainted the World Series?

Reditorial Cartoon: Who's on first?
Reditorial Cartoon: Who's on first?

Here's one option to replace Joey Votto at first base...

Reds' Simon will cherish All-Star memory
Reds' Simon will cherish All-Star memory

It was destined to be Derek Jeter's night. But Alfredo Simon took home a lasting memory.

Pete Rose gets OK to join All-Star events here
Pete Rose gets OK to join All-Star events here

Pete Rose is allowed to participate in All-Star Game festivities at Great American Ball Park next year, commissioner Bud Selig says.

All-Star tickets will be hard to get, expensive
All-Star tickets will be hard to get, expensive

The Reds know they've got a problem on their hands. There won't be enough 2015 All-Star Game tickets to go around.

9 reasons to look forward to All-Star Game here
9 reasons to look forward to All-Star Game here

Put on your "C" cap because we're going to revisit some of the Reds' All-Star history while we look ahead to next year:

Todd Frazier falls in Home Run Derby final round
Todd Frazier falls in Home Run Derby final round

Todd Frazier stepped to the plate in the final round of the Home Run Derby, but fell short to Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who became the…

All-Star pitchers, lineups announced
All-Star pitchers, lineups announced

Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals will start against Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.