Opening Day!

Opening Day!

My coworker Susan, a lifelong Cincinnatian, says that one of the “coolest things” about living in Cincinnati is the Opening Day Parade. After many years of going down to the corner of Liberty and Race, just outside of our office, a block or so from where the parade starts, I’d have to agree. Before TV took over the scheduling of games, the honor of opening the baseball season always fell to Cincinnati, home of the first professional baseball team. It’s pretty cool to see the city come out to welcome the season’s opening!

This year I went down an hour before the parade to get some sunshine in the midst of a busy day at St. Anthony Messenger (we’re all racing to get our June issue into production before the holiday!). I walked up into the middle of the forming parade (a very large parade by any city’s standards). High school bands–lots of them–were warming up, the drummers couldn’t stand still without some percussion (I raised one; I know this territory), families of all ages vied for great sidewalk spots to see the parade go by. The sidewalks will be packed for several miles by the time this thing kicks off. There were show cars, Bob Evans (Budweiser’s) Clydesdales, politicians, pro-baseball players and their mascots (Rosie Red and others posed for photos with kids)–what a collection of humanity!

It all reminds me of why I chose to work in the media. Lots of people, lots of stories, lots of life to share. Life is good.


About the Author

John Feister is editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and master's degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and was previously an adviser to the Communications Committee of the U.S. Catholic bishops (2000-2006). His latest book, Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives is available from the Franciscan Media catalog. He has cauthored four books with Richard Rohr (Franciscan Media), and coauthored, with Charlene Smith, the biography of Thea Bowman (Orbis books).