LIST: 2013 Opening Day festivities | News
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)- Several festivities are planned for Cincinnati Reds Opening Day on April 1st.
Opening Day Block Party: The2nd annual Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way, with food and drink available for purchase. Free admission, and all proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund's P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy.
94th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Grand Marshal: Reds Hall of Famer George Foster will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Findlay Market parade, beginning at Noon.
Ceremonial First Pitch: Joe Torre, manager of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
National Anthem: Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey will sing the National Anthem.
Honorary Captain: Bob Kevoian from the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show radio program will serve as the Honorary Captain of the Game.
Game Ball Delivery: Fire Chief Richard A. Braun of the Cincinnati Fire Department will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies.
Flyover: Two T-28 Trojans and one B-25 Mitchell from the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia will perform a pregame flyover.
Wounded Hero Recognition: Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor wounded heroes.
Moment of Remembrance: To honor the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT, the Reds (and all MLB teams) are wearing a symbolic ribbon patch and will observe a pregame moment of remembrance.
American Flag: Members of the Cincinnati Fire Department will hold the giant American flag during the National Anthem. The department is celebrating its 160th year. The Cincinnati Fire Department was organized in 1853 and is the nation's oldest fully paid professional fire department.
God Bless America: Local quartet The Mistics will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.
Rally Towels: 'This is Reds Country' rally towels will be distributed at the gates, courtesy of Cincinnati Bell, Horseshoe Casino, Kroger, Homemade Brand Ice Cream/UDF and P&G.
Gates open at 1:10 p.m. and the game begins at 4:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels.
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