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Oriental Wok's 40 foot limo is one of the newest entries in this year's Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. It caught the attention of parade organizer Debbie Gannaway of Gramma Debbie's Kitchen. "They have the Chinese Music Society joining them so there will be dancers in dragon costumes." Not to mention the banging drums.

There are 191 entries, down from 210 last year, according to Gannaway. "Well, we were trying to get it down to 175 but some people just came up with some really good stuff so we let them in."

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Most Cincinnatians are familiar with the historic Findlay Market. Located in bustling Over-the-Rhine, it’'s Ohio’'s oldest continually-run public market. The farmers market, vendor stands and independently-owned shops bring shoppers together throughout the seasons and create lasting memories.

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Over-the-Rhine chocolatier Paul Picton, owner of Maverick Chocolate Company, is looking for a way to grow his business to include chocolate desserts. But, right now, he doesn't have the kitchen equipment he needs to experiment and produce products on a larger scale.

Beginning this fall he'll be able to use a new 8,000 square foot food facility called The Kitchen @ Findlay Market. Picton can rent by the hour and will have access to one of five kitchens. There are no restrictions on who can use the facility.

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Cincinnati's annual Opening Day tradition, The Findlay Market Parade, will step off at noon Monday, four hours before the Reds play the Pirates. The 96th annual Opening Day parade features 200 entries, including 12 high school marching bands.

New this year is a float from Rozzi's Famous Fireworks. The company will stay a block ahead of everybody else and shoot off fireworks throughout the parade.

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It may be hard for some to imagine, but winter must be officially over, because Cincinnati’'s unofficial holiday, Opening Day, is finally here, as the Reds welcome the Pirates to Great American Ballpark Monday for their first game of the season. Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds team historian; sports writer John Erardi; and, WVXU'’s Howard Wilkinson join us to size up this year’'s Reds, and take a look at the Findlay Market Parade and other opening day celebrations.

Photo by Don Nesbitt

 

The Findlay Market Cookbook showcases the benefits of shopping, cooking and eating locally—benefits to the environment, our health and well-being, our quality of life, the small businesses in our community. It supports Cincinnati food businesses and celebrates our local food ecosystem.

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The 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will take a slight detour this year because of streetcar construction. At 12 noon Monday the first entry steps off from Findlay Market in Over the Rhine and heads south on Race Street.

Instead of going straight down Race, the parade will turn right on Liberty and left on Elm to Central Parkway. It will then go back to Race and proceed as normal to 5th Street.

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The Reds are calling on two former team captains to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.  In a release, the team says David Concepción and Barry Larkin will throw out simultaneous first pitches before the Reds take on the Cardinals on March 31st  at Great American Ball Park.  

Concepción was named captain in 1983 and Larkin got the title before the 1997 season.

Concepción also will serve as the grand marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which begins at noon before the 4:10 game.

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Reds Hall of Famer Dave Concepción will be the Grand Marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

The parade kicks off at noon on Monday, March 31.

Concepción was a nine-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves during his 19 seasons with the Reds. He was inducted in the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000 and his jersey number, 13, was retired by the Reds in 2007.

The first pitch for the Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day game is 4:10 p.m.

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