I've lived in Cincinnati now for almost 10 years. I moved directly here after graduating High school. So I think that by now it is safe to say I'm a full blown Cincinnatian. 

I really do love Cincinnati. From the people to the places and the city wide traditions that happen here, its all wonderful to me. Since moving here 10 years ago, there are some things I've still yet to do and hope to check them off my list very soon. One of those things was Attend the Opening Day Parade and game. 

I've wanted to go for the past couple years but it's never actually worked out for some reason or another. However, this year the planets aligned and my bestie and I got to partake in the festivities.

We arrived downtown at Findlay Market, where the parade was set to start. We may have gotten a sneak peak at all the parade things because were rebels and chose to walk down the road that they were lining up on. 

Once it started I was so excited to see everything go by. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. The energy of the crowd was amazing and we made a new little friend who would dance and or try to be in the parade at any chance she got. It was absolutly adorable. 

There were so many fun things in the parade. It was almost 2 hours long but it didn't feel like it at all. I think my favorite thing had to be all the horses. Especially the mini horses.  

Side note. I didn't know there were therapy horses but I'm going to need a whole lot of therapy if that is the case. 

LOOK AT THOSE HOOVES! <3 

LOOK AT THOSE HOOVES! <3 

My other favorite thing was this set of costumes from a local school. Each one was dressed up as something cincinnati related. They were all so adorable and I wanted to look at each and every costume but couldn't see them all. They even had some dressed up as city landmakrs. It was such a cute idea. 

When the parade was over we headed down to the stadium to watch the game. One of the things I love most about Cincinnati is the amount of pride we have in our city. The streets were lined with people who were there for the festivities and to attend the game. It's truly something you just have to experience if you're from out of town. 

April and I actually didn't plan on going but like I said earlier... the planets aligned, wishes were granted and April won tickets the night before! It was a very welcomed surprise and I'd like to formally say thank you  to the Venue Kings for them!! The seats were amazing and I don't think I've ever actually sat that close before.

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In typical Ohio fashion, rain was of course in the forecast but it only started raining when we were on a mission to find the dollar hot dog stand, that I may add we could not find. Thankfully it wasn't a long storm and ended just as fast as it started. I was really happy about that not because It was a little cold but because you cant make sure balls are not going to hit you in the face when your glasses have little rain droplets all over them.  

Yes, I spent a good portion of the game being nervous I was going to get hit in the face with the ball. They hit hard... 

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All in all the day was amazing and went entirely too fast but like every opening day past it means summer is right around the corner and I'm extremely excited about that! 


Have you been to opening day before? Tell me about it and what your memories in the comments below! 

Want more? Enjoy a slide show of the parade! 

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