Families, coaching staff to join players at parade prior to All-Star Game
By Mark Newman
It is the 10th anniversary of an endless parade that started appropriately enough in the Motor City, crossed the Clemente Bridge outside Pittsburgh's PNC Park, tested the streets of San Francisco, displaced New York taxis twice, careened alongside the Arch, visited Disneyland, scorched the hot streets of Phoenix and Kansas City and took over a Minnesota transit mall last summer.
Now the best ride in baseball is coming to downtown Cincinnati. Grand Marshal and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will lead the way as players, along with coaching staffs and family members, hop aboard Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays, Silverados and Camaros prior to the tonight's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet.
The parade, which is free for all fans, started with a noon ET tribute by the Reds to local organizations. The vehicles started rolling out at 1 p.m. The MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show will be broadcast at 3 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com. Greg Amsinger and Sean Casey will host the event for MLB Network, with Heidi Watney conducting interviews and providing reports along the route. MLB Network will air an abbreviated version at 7:30 p.m., just before the Midsummer Classic.
The route starts at 5th and Vine Streets, travels south on Walnut Street and then turns onto 2nd Street, as the American and National League squads make their way to Great American Ball Park via Rosa Parks Street, where they will pass by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The route will then turn onto Theodore M. Berry Way to E. Freedom Way, before concluding at the stadium.
"This is what the All-Star Game is all about -- the fans," said Reds third baseman and NL starter Todd Frazier, who will ride one of the Silverado pickup trucks for the second year in a row. "It's just a lot of fun. It's a big red carpet, and I think that's pretty cool. Everybody's dressed up, looking good.
The vehicles will travel the route on an approximately 3,450-foot red carpet. It is made from 100-percent recycled fiber that will be recycled again after its use.
Following Larkin, Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy, the AL and NL All-Star team managers, respectively, will lead their teams down the carpet in Stingray convertibles.
In the spirit of the Findlay Market Parade held each Opening Day in Cincinnati to celebrate the start of the season, a number of local dignitaries and groups will be part of the festivities prior to the start of the parade, including Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, representatives of the Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments, the Hamilton County Sheriff's office, a youth marching band and local Little League baseball and softball teams. After this pre-parade, a number of MLB mascots, including the Reds' Gapper, Mr. Redlegs and Rosie Red, will be along the route interacting with fans.
The Commissioner's Trophy, crafted by Tiffany & Company and given to the World Series champion, will be on display as part of the parade.
The parade, which started in Detroit in 2005, is always a valued chance for players and their families to spend time together. This year, a top-notch team of fashion and beauty experts have signed on to dress a group of players' wives exclusively for the event. Fashion house Nicole Miller will provide dresses and event attire, including Watney's wardrobe, from their collection available at the Soho Boutique in downtown Cincinnati. Led by artistry and education executive John Hernandez, Bobbi Brown's professional team of makeup artists will be providing long-wear makeup lessons, and hair stylists from Bumble and Bumble will be on-site, too. Additional items will be provided by Tory Burch and Worthy Skincare.
During the All-Star Game, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 supported MLB.TV platforms, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app.
The 86th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports (coverage begins 7 p.m. ET), in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.