It was a shocker when we found out last year that the holiest of all holy days in Cincinnati — Opening Day for Reds baseball — would be effectively split in two in 2018. But good news! Next year, the Reds' first game and the city's vaunted Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will once again fall on the same day.
The Reds will play their first game of the 2019 season against the Pittsburgh Pirates March 28 after the 100th-annual parade and the Reds Community Block Party, according to the schedule released today by Major League Baseball. They'll then take a one-day break before finishing out their series with the Pirates March 30 and 31.
This spring's split event came after Major League Baseball moved the season up a week schedule-wise. That caused difficulties with staging the parade from Findlay Market near Easter, a busy time for vendors. The 2018 parade took place four days after the Reds' home opener against the Washington Nationals.
"The Reds Opening Day, which has historically fallen on a Monday, is now moved to the Thursday of the preceding week," the market said in a statement at the time. "In 2018, this causes a conflict for Findlay Market because the opening week of the baseball season coincides with the Easter holidays. And, in order to operate the parade, Findlay Market needs to be closed."
There is no such conflict this year, and thus, Reds fans will be spared the intense level of angst last year's decision engendered.