Major League Baseball
The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, will pull out all the stops to welcome the nation's top baseball players, who will compete in the MLB All-Stars game, which pits the best baseball players of the American League against the best baseball players of the National League.
All-Star baseball players from the American League and the National League will receive a red-carpet welcome as they parade through the streets of downtown Cincinnati before taking to the field at the Great American Ball Park in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday 14 July 2015.
The outcome of the game will determine which league will enjoy home field advantage at the World Series this fall.
The Great American Ball Park, which replaced Riverfront Stadium in 2003, underwent US$4.5 million worth of improvement in anticipation of the 11th annual All-Star game.
Two new bars and improved concession stands were among the many enhancements made to the baseball stadium.
Grand Marshal Barry Larkin will lead the parade in a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible.
Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost, the National League and American League All-Star team managers, will lead their teams down the carpet in Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertibles.
Baseball players playing in the MLB All-Star game will follow riding in Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays and Silverados. The parade route will be laid with a 3,450 foot linear red carpet.
The parade will begin at 1.00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The parade will be broadcast nationally at 3 pm.
Starting at 5th and Vine streets in downtown Cincinnati, the baseball players will travel south on Walnut Street, turn onto 2nd Street, and continue along 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 East Freedom Way, before arriving at the Great American Ball Park, where the All-Star game will take place.
Points of Interest Along the Way
The parade route is full of historic significance for African Americans.
- The parade will travel along Rosa Parks Street, which was named after Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005), an African American woman that in 1955 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa was arrested, but her simple act of defiance led to a citywide bus boycott, which resulted in the desegregation of the city's buses. The event has become a key symbol of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
- The parade will pass the National Underground Freedom Center, a museum commemorating the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used in the 19th century by African American slaves in the South to escape to free states in the north or Canada.
- The parade will travel along Theodore M. Berry Way, which was named after Theodore M. Berry (1905 – 2000), the first African American mayor of Cincinnati.
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