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First timers enjoy Opening Day

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Not everyone had a ticket to the game but you didn't need one to enjoy the parade.
    
A huge crowd was on hand for the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade and the unofficial beginning of Cincinnati spring.  It's a mandatory, annual event for legions of Reds fans.  This year's parade was a lot like the previous 94 but with a twist.
    
Streetcar construction detoured the route between Washington Park and Music Hall,  giving kids trees to climb for a better view and musicians a home.  And the new route seemed to bring out new fans.
    
Barbara McCabe grew up here but had never been to the parade.  Neither had her daughter, Emily, or her grandchildren.

Emily told us, "It's great.  We like it.  We waited a long time to bring the kids and finally got good weather and everyone out of strollers and spring break.  All the cards lined up and we're here."

John Cranley was in his first parade as Mayor and the Police Chief made his first Opening Day.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said, "It's incredible.  Awesome.  All the kids. It's just wonderful,"                
   
 He was just a thin blue line in a downtown blanketed in red,  masked in red, dyed in red.  The altered route also took the parade past some newly renovated buildings in Over-The-Rhine, taking things up a level.

Jordan Orsolini is another first timer.  He just bought his Elm Street condo 6 months ago.  He only found out last week he was on the parade route and organized a party.

It's quite a sight to fresh eyes.  It may be a lot like your grandfather's Opening Day Parade but that's okay.  That's part of the charm.

Whether it was your first Opening Day Parade or your 50th, you were part of something uniquely Cincinnati.  And even though we may not technically open the season first each year, we definitely open it the best.
    


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