Trojans prepare for historic Opening Day Parade appearance

St. Leon, In. — Members of the East Central Marching Trojan Band are preparing for another appearance in the 100th Opening Day Parade.

The East Central Marching Trojans Band and Dance Team will follow the Cincinnati Reds Rally Pack and Mascots in the 12th spot in the lineup. Unconfirmed reports indicate East Central is the longest-running band in the spring classic.

Band director Chelsey Thompson says it is truly an honor to be the longest-running band via Twitter and encourages people to offer support by attending or making a donation.

Thompson and organizers are looking for ways to upgrade the transportation fleet for the near 150 member group. The call is out for any used equipment (trailer or truck), donations and volunteers. For more information about supporting the East Central Marching Trojans Band click here

Other local organizations that will appear in the 100th edition are The Lawrenceburg Marching Tigers Band & Guard are in spot number 128, Knights of Columbus Lawrenceburg Indiana Assembly 246,

The parade steps off from Findlay Market and 1801 Race Street at noon Thursday, March 21 and the Grand Marshal is Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. The Parade Ambassador is Reds legend Johnny Bench. Funk legend Bootsy Collins, former Bengal Anthony Munoz and retiring voice of the Reds Marty Brennaman.