Parade Announcements 2020

**** There will be no New Applications started at this point. Those already open have through Friday to complete. ****
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade: Cincinnati will hold the 101st annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on Thursday, March 26, 2020 when your Cincinnati Reds take on the St. Louis Cardinals that afternoon at 4:10PM.
We will once again be asking for donations to defray the costs associated with the Parade. Sincere thanks to those who have generously supported the Parade in the past to allow us to continue this great Cincinnati tradition.
Here is a schedule of what to expect:
BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2019: Marching Bands and previous year's Parade Supporters ($300 and up) will be given priority/early application access.
BEGINNING DECEMBER 26, 2019: Parade entry forms will be made available for all others
FRIDAY JANUARY 31, 2020: Deadline for completed entry forms in order to be considered for participation in the Parade.
WEEK OF MARCH 2, 2020: A complete parade roster will be posted on the Parade website.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020: 101st Annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade begins at noon; followed by Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals at 4:10PM.
According to the Cincinnati Fire Department: there were an estimated 100,000 people along the Opening Day Parade route.  There was also, an estimated 60,000 people at the “block party” outside GABP.
Be aware that we only except 170 entries (about 20 of which are Grand Marshal(s)/Honor Guards/Reds Players/Police/Fire/...).  We expect more than 300 applications for entry.  Our selection will be based on what the entry brings to the parade.  Entries are expected to be have a Reds/Baseball theme.  High School Marching Bands & Parade Supporters ($300 and above) will have priority/early acceptance, but not automatic. Applications where Description of Entry is listed as only being: Company Vehicle with fancy wrap or Marchers with signs/t-shirts will not be excepted.  Also, we have way too many dance groups/drumlines who have already applied.
For your best chance for gaining acceptance into the parade, entries should consider using a professional float builder. Here are two you might consider:
Creative Floats - Mark Aksterowicz: (330) 432-3449 /
Also, having a "Celebrity", such as, Significant Athletes/Musicians/other Notables will help your chances as well as being added to the 2020 version of this page:
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As always, your thoughts, suggestions and input are welcome. If you have any comments, contact the Parade Committee at the Opening Day Parade Hotline (513) 500-7554 or via email to
We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the 101th Annual Findlay Market Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade.

Sincerely, Findlay Market Parade Committee

  • Neil Luken: Opening Day Parade Chairman
  • Debbie Gannaway: Co-Chairman
  • Kevin Luken: Co-Chairman
  • Jeffrey Gladish: Parade Committee Member