A familiar face — and voice — will lead the 2020 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade.
Sportscaster Marty Brennaman will be the 101st parade's grand marshall, officials announced today. Brennaman, the sole inductee in the Cincinnati Reds' 2020 Hall of Fame class, retired last year after 46 years broadcasting games. During that span, he announced some of the Reds' most iconic moments, including three World Series wins.
A number of local Olympic athletes will accompany Brennaman on his float.
The parade — one of Cincinnati's most time-honored traditions — will begin at noon March 26, culminating in a block party outside Great American Ballpark. The Reds face off against the St. Louis Cardinals that day at 4:10 p.m, and every other Major League Baseball team will also start its season that day. Barring rainouts or other cancelations, it will mark the first time that has happened in 52 years.
Roughly 100,000 people lined Race Street last year to see the parade, and 60,000 attended the Reds' first game afterward.