City of Cincinnati Raises Bengals Flag Outside City Hall

"We got our swagger back, y'all."

Jan 28, 2022 at 10:34 am
click to enlarge The Bengals flag is flying at Cincinnati City Hall. - Photo: CitiCable screengrab
Photo: CitiCable screengrab
The Bengals flag is flying at Cincinnati City Hall.

The city of Cincinnati is flying a new flag outside City Hall.

In a quick ceremony on Friday morning, Mayor Aftab Pureval, Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Interim City Manager John Curp, Councilman Reggie Harris,  Police Chief Eliot Isaac (carrying a stuffed Bengal tiger) and others commemorated the Bengals march to the AFC Championship game on Sunday by raising a Bengals flag.

After praising "Joey B" and the team of "confident, bold Cincinnatians, who are putting Cincinnati back on the map," Pureval proclaimed: "We got our swagger back, y'all."

Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president, and Caroline Blackburn, Bengals senior manager of digital strategy, were on hand to provide the team flag.

Noting the cold weather, Pureval exclaimed, "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor shine can stop the Who Dey nation."

The Bengals flag will fly in front of City Hall through Monday, Jan. 31.

Last week, Pureval declared Jan. 15 Who Dey Day in advance of the Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans game. Across the river in Dayton, Kentucky, Mayor Ben Baker has renamed the city "Who Deyton" for the second week in a row.

The Bengals will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. Kansas City was 12-5 during the regular season and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in last year's Super Bowl. The Bengals were 10-7 for the season and haven't seen the big game since 1989 when the team lost to the San Francisco 49ers.

The AFC Championship will take place at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Fans can watch the game on CBS, Paramount + or NFL mobile options.


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