The 2015 MLB All-Star Game takes place Tuesday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, but before then will be a red carpet parade through the city's downtown area with a familiar face in the lead.
Reds Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin will serve as the grand marshal for the proceedings, which will feature All-Stars from every team marching through Cincinnati starting at 1 p.m. ET. The event is free for fans to attend.
An hour before the red carpet show officially starts, there will be a Reds-led tribute to local organizations with city mayor John Cranley presiding over the mass homage. This is similar to what Cincinnati does prior to the Reds' Opening Day.
The main event itself starts at the intersection of 5th and Vine streets, and finishes up on Joe Nuxhall Way leading into the stadium. Check out the parade route below, courtesy of MLB Communications:
MLB Network will broadcast the red carpet scene beginning at 3 p.m. ET, with hosts Greg Amsinger and another local favorite in retired Reds All-Star first baseman Sean Casey on the call for commentary.
Casey certainly seems eager to get back to Cincinnati:
Larkin will lead in a Corvette Stingray convertible, followed by the managers for both All-Star teams. Skippers Ned Yost (American League) and Bruce Bochy will ride in the same sponsor Chevrolet vehicles as Larkin in what should be a magnificent procession.
National League starting third baseman Todd Frazier is representing the hometown Reds and is excited to participate in the 10th annual MLB Red Carpet Show.
"This is what the All-Star Game is all about -- the fans," said Frazier, per MLB.com's Mark Newman. "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."
MLB's all-time hits leader Pete Rose reached out to Frazier to congratulate him on the starting bid:
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com alluded to Frazier's prolific power-hitting pace in late June, suggesting the 29-year-old is on his way to joining the likes of Larkin and Casey among the organization's best infielders:
Various team mascots will walk the parade route ahead of the All-Star Game participants. That twist should help further engage fans of all ages and create some alternative entertainment value outside of the thrill to see many of MLB's best players up close.
The massive red carpet spans 3,450 linear feet of recyclable material to accommodate for the parade route and serve as an environmentally friendly way to foster the festivities.
Between the native pride Cincinnati plans to display with homegrown groups, the involvement of past All-Stars in both the media and on the red carpet and the immense tradition the Reds franchise has, the city should be an excellent host not only for the game, but for the red carpet as well.
The Red Carpet Show is going to be a magnificent precursor to what should be an epic showdown to decide home-field advantage in the World Series. In the midst of a tough 2015 campaign thus far, Reds fans have plenty to look forward to during the All-Star break.
Note: Parade information courtesy of MLB.com's Mark Newman.