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How to get around Downtown, OTR during the Reds Opening Day Parade

Posted: 3:30 PM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-27 15:35:19-04
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For the hundredth time, don't try to drive around Downtown or Over-the-Rhine during the Reds Opening Day Parade.

Literally, it's the hundredth time the city will celebrate its Major League Baseball franchise with a parade running throughout the city's urban core. It will mean a lot of revelry and celebration.

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It will also mean road closures and transit detours.

The parade begins at Findlay Market at noon and runs from the market down Race Street before turning east onto Fifth Street. It will conclude in front of Taft Theater between Sycamore and Broadway.

Here's a rundown of street closures, which start at 8 a.m.:

- Race Street – closed between Liberty Street and McMicken Street

- Elm Street - closed between Liberty Street and McMicken Street

- Findlay Street - closed between Central Parkway and Vine Street

- Elder Street - closed between Central Parkway and Vine Street

- Green Street - closed between Vine Street and Logan Street

- Henry Street - closed between Race Street and Dunlap Street

- Dunlap Street - closed between Findlay Street and McMicken Street

- Logan Street - closed between Liberty Street and Findlay Street

Then at 11:15 a.m., these streets will close:

- Liberty Street- closed between Vine Street and Central Parkway

- Central Parkway- closed between Vine Street and Elm Street

- Race Street - closed between Liberty Street and Fourth Street

- Fifth Street - closed between Elm Street and Sentinel Street

- Fifteenth Street - closed between Republic Street and Elm Street

- Fourteenth Street - closed between Elm Street and Republic Street

- Thirteenth Street- closed between Race Street and Vine Street

- Twelfth Street - closed between Elm Street and Vine Street

- Court Street – closed between Elm Street and Vine Street

- Ninth Street – closed between Elm Street and Vine Street

- Eighth Street – closed between Elm Street and Vine Street

- Seventh Street – closed between Elm Street and Vine Street

- Sixth Street - closed between Elm Street and Vine Street

- Vine Street – closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street

- Walnut Street – closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street

- Main Street - closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street

- Sycamore Street - closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street

- Broadway Street - closed between Fourth Street and Sixth Street

The road closures will also mean some transit detours. Any Metro and TANK stops along Fifth Street between Race and Broadway will be impacted. Government Square, Metro's central hub on Fifth Street between Walnut and Main, will close to all service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Metro live updates its detour list here. Detours will begin at 8 a.m. along routes 21, 46, 64 and 78.

The streetcar -- which uses Race Street for the first half of its loop -- will begin service as soon as possible after the parade finishes.

If you're trying to park anywhere near the parade route or Great American Ball Park, there's no shortage of options, but get there early. Some of the streets accessing these lots and garages will close as early as 8 a.m.

(Provided/City of Cincinnati)

And don't forget the active options: Bird and Lime scooters certainly will be in handy supply, and Red Bike has bike share stations all throughout OTR, Downtown and The Banks.