Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

Every year I want Rosie Redto take the kids to the Opening Day parade, but every year they have school that day.

This year, by some crazy luck, they were off of school!

So, we went to the parade.  It was an awesome experience.

We caught the Southbank Shuttle in MainStrasse, which is an experience in itself.  We love the Southbank Shuttle.  It costs $1 to ride and you can go from Newport or Covington to Cincinnati, stopping at places like Fountain Square, the Taft Theatre, the Freedom Center and more.  It’s a great deal and much less stressful than driving around the crowded city during peak hours. Watch where you park to catch the shuttle, as some lots have time limits, and you can end up with a parking ticOpening Day Merket.

I speak from experience.

Once on the shuttle, we got off right on Fountain Square and stayed there for the parade.  In hindsight, I should have brought a blanket and more cash, but we sat right on the curb and found an ATM behind us.  Food was much more reasonable than I thought, with hot dogs priced at $2.

The parade started at noon and we arrived on the square at 11:00.  Although we had quite a wait, once the parade started the crowd was about 10 people deep, so it was nice to be in the front row. The parade started to come by us at about 12:25.

It was awesome to be in thBande front row because my kids were able to high five a unicycle rider, someone dressed as a goat, and a few politicians.  They loved it.  We also saw a marriage proposal in the middle of the street and had a close up of Rosie Red.

Meredith saw the first of many marching bands and got excited.  I thought she just loved the music, but then she asked me if Ferris was going to be there soon.

Wrong parade.Daryl Gordon

Side note: Marcus asked “What’s Pure Romance?” because they also had a float…let me know how you would answer that one.

The parade is super long, but so much fun.  And, it’s a very friendly parade crowd.  Everyone was excited to cheer on their Reds and start the season.

After the parade, we went inside the Westin Hotel and ate Dunkin’ Donuts.  Then we walked a couple blocks and caught the shuttle to the car.

The kids were all smiles and had such an awesome experience.  They loved seeing their city come together in a sea of red shirts and team spirit.  It was pretty cool.

Cincinnati Reds Star Wars Weekend

Darth Vader Mr. Red

Cincinnati Reds Star Wars Weekend!

My kids love Star Wars.  I love the Cincinnati Reds.  Sadly, we do not quite share either of the other’s passion.

But, last night at Great American Ball Park, we came together as one to watch Darth Vader throw out the opening pitch when the Cincinnati Reds played against the Milwaukee Brewers for Cincinnati Reds Star Wars weekend!  It was fantastic.  Even I was excited to see Darth Vader and Mr. Red battle with life sabers and then suddenly decide “Why Can’t We Be Friends” as they hugged it out while the famous song played.

After the game, we stuck around to watch the phenomenal fireworks show set to the tune of Star Wars music, which included The Imperial March, Princess Leia’s Theme and Victory Celebration.  And, let’s not forget my boys’ favorite, Cantina Band.

Rozzi fireworks does a great job with the Cincinnati Reds fireworks show.  The music and show fit perfect.  I especially loved the delicate, well, as delicate as fireworks get, touch of ‘glittery’ fireworks during Princess Leia’s Theme that made me remember the sweet affection between Han Solo and the princess.  Okay, maybe I like Star Wars a tiny bit…

And, bonus, I finally found the location of the mysterious dollar concession stand where you can get hotdogs, snacks and colas for one buck!  It’s not an urban legend friends!  Pssssst…it’s near section 530. I fed all five of us for $9.  Peanuts and hotdogs all around!

Cincy Reds

Watching fireworks!

If you are a Star Wars fan, you can still catch a couple games during Star Wars weekend.  Select fans tonight can get a free Star Wars Cincinnati Reds t-shirt (that I really want, by the way) with Star Wars characters sporting a Mr. Redlegs moustache! The game starts tonight , Saturday May 3rd, at 7:10pm.

Sunday, select fans can score free posters.  Sunday’s game starts at 4:10pm.  Check out details HERE.

If you are looking for a deal on Cincinnati Reds tickets, check out REACH Magazine Sunday Family Days.  Thanks to REACH Magazine and eReach.com, you can purchase one adult admission and can get up to three non-premium tickets at half price!  Tickets must be purchased in advance of game day and can be purchased at select Kroger locations,  reds.com  or by calling (513) 381-REDS (7337).  Tomorrow is a great day to use this discount and experience Star Wars weekend.  Plus, it’s May 4th…you know what that means…May the FOURTH be with you!  Go celebrate!

Make sure you check out more deals and discounts on my discounts page HERE.

Happy Star Wars weekend!