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 Mt Adams Traditions


Stealing St Patrick Parade

Sunday, February 18, 2024

After Holy Cross Church was closed on March 15, 1970, combining parishes with Immaculata, HC parishioners “slipped in, put Paddy in a pickup truck and whisked him under cover of darkness to Immaculata.” The Local St. Patrick’s Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians “played off the original theft and began the annual tradition of ‘stealing’ the statue.”

Every February, after a mass said to honor the deceased men and women Hibernians, a St. Patrick statue is slowly paraded around the Hill in a pickup truck, accompanied by pipes and drums. The Hibernians follow along.

St Patrick’s Day

Sunday, March 17, 2024

The Irish and near-Irish flock to Crowley’s, Cincinnati’s oldest Irish Pub, to celebrate the holiday.

Visit their facebook page for current information about opening hours and drink specials.


Friday, March 29, 2024

“At 12:01 A.M. each year on Good Friday in Cincinnati, Ohio, something extraordinary happens. People begin to gather at the base of the steps leading up to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams, preparing to take part in the tradition known locally as ‘Praying the Steps.'”
Susan Hines-Brigger, St. Anthony Messenger

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Location: Magnolia Garden in Eden Park

Mt Adams children hunt for treat filled eggs at this relaxed neighborhood social gathering




Blessing of the Fleet

June 2024

(Usual) Location: Hill Street Garden, the site of MAYC’s cleat. Contact MAYC for a link to the virtual event.

Reverend Croskery delivers a wonderful blessing! Check their facebook page for more MAYC Events!

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at 6:00
This year’s neighborhood event will be held at El Barril Mexican Sports Bar and Grill

National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Mt Adams Civic Association hosts this party, serving tasty donations from local restaurants, with music provided by the Business Guild. Our designated police and fire personnel always visit, taking the opportunity to meet Mt Adams residents.

Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, 2024:
5:00pm – 11:00pm

The annual summer tradition in Mt. Adams will feature:

  • Big prizes from the MAJOR RAFFLE
  • Entertainment from _____________________ on Friday night, and the return of Union Son on Saturday night.
  • Delicious food from the grill and the pizza booth! American, German, and Italian classics are all in the works for the entire weekend!
  • The fun you’ve come to expect from carnival games, casino, and the unique silent auction


Sunday, September 1, 2024 (Sunday before Labor Day)

On both sides of the river, nearly a half-million people view the choreographed Rozzi’s Fireworks show while listening to the soundtrack on WEBN (102.7 FM) starting just after 9pm and lasting for about 30 minutes.

In Mt Adams, locals host deck parties, Holy Cross Immaculata hosts a potluck dinner, and visitors set up camp at one of the many vistas on the Hill.

Sunset Garden Stroll

June 2025
5:00-9:00 pm

Summer event hosted by the Mt Adams Beautification Association. The evening garden tour will feature seven unique urban spaces, music, vendors, food and beverages.

Light drinks and bites are served; musicians entertain.


Clean-up the Hill

Spring: Saturday March 23, 2024
Fall: Saturday, October 5, 2024

The Mt. Adams Beautification Association organizes our neighborhood cleanup: a major Hill-wide event held each Spring in anticipation of the thousands of visitors who observe Good Friday by “praying the steps” at Holy Cross Immaculata Church, and again each Fall in anticipation of Halloween on the Hill, the Reindog Parade, and Luminaria.

Volunteers meet at the plaza on the corner of St. Gregory and Pavilion between 9:30 and 10am to sign up for a street(s) and pick up supplies. You can also sign up for a street ahead of time by emailing Dave Zimmerman. Supplies that will be available are: Plastic garbage bags, rubber/cloth gloves, grabbers, disposable face masks, sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring your own gloves and face mask, if you prefer. You can also bring a broom and dustpan if you want to sweep up around street gutters, sewer drains, etc.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available at the plaza in the morning. If you plan to attend lunch, there will be a sign-up form, so we know how much food to order. Lunch will most likely be pizza at UDF at 11:30. A prize for the most unique find will be presented at lunch by MABA

The cleanup process: Go to your assigned street(s) and once you fill a garbage bag, deposit it at the nearest corner to your street location. A volunteer driver will collect it and take it to a central spot for the city garbage truck.

We hope to see you there!

Art on the Hill

Next event: Saturday, May 2024 from 1:00 – 6:00

A showcase of local artists along the streets of historic Mt Adams. FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC and RAFFLE! Hosted by the Mt Adams Business Guild and Upper Eden

Interested in showing? Contact Linda Loschiavo at Upper Eden

Halloween on the Hill

Thursday, October 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Trick-or-Treaters gather at Bow Tie to compare costumes and candy collection strategies. A variety of games and activities will get everyone in the … spirit. Refreshments provided by MACA.

Prizes for costumes in multiple categories are awarded at Monk Fountain at 5:55. Families then disperse at 6:00, usually descending first upon businesses along St Gregory and Pavilion. (City of Cincinnati trick-or-treating runs from 6-8:00pm.)

Neighbors reconvene afterward at El Barril: more games, more refreshments, and a few spooky stories (or tales from trick-or-treating).

Beaujolais Nouveau

Thursday, November 21, 2024

Gather 6:30pm at The Rookwood parking lot on the corner of Monastery and Celestial.

Parade 6:45pm from The Rookwood, across Mt Ida Bridge, up Paradrome, over on Louden, then down St Gregory ending at Monk Fountain outside Bow Tie Cafe, led by jazz musicians!

Beaujolais 2023 Tasting 7:00pm. Revel Urban Winery’s Master Winemaker, Alex Sena, will host all participants starting with the ceremonial opening of the 2023 Beaujolais, followed by a tasting and review of this year’s vintage.  

Beaujolais Celebration. 7:15-9pm at Hi-Fi Cincy.  French light bites with music by jazz musicians

*Free event* French berets, torches, and flags will be available for people in the parade. Dogs are welcome to join in the parage. Co-sponsored by Revel Urban Winery and Hi-Fi Cincy

Trim the Tree (MABA Event)

First Saturday in December: Saturday, December 7, 2024
Meet at the Monk Statue at 9:30am

Volunteers decorate the Monk for the season, especially surrounding him with lit Christmas Trees.

If weather is unfavorable, check the MACA google calendar (at the top of this page) or the Mt Adams Community facebook page for updates

Reindog Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2024 at 2:00pm

Dog Registration: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm at 946 Pavilion (the parking lot between El Barril and The Hilltop)
There is no fee to register. Parade viewing starts at 2:00 and lasts until the last Holiday Dog finishes the route!

This unique parade, sponsored by The Mt. Adams Business Guild, has been a Mt. Adams tradition for over 20 years. The procession through the streets of Mt. Adams will be led by Santa himself, flanked by our Grand Marshall, Thom Brennaman

Every year we have a group of celebrity and sponsor judges that help us choose the best costumed dogs for prizes. Costume categories: Small Dogs (under 25 lbs), Large Dogs (26 lbs and over), Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, and Group (3 or more dogs). Be creative – we’re looking for fun, unique, and festive costumes for each category!

Great Raffle Prizes!  Private Wine Tasting for 10 from Revel OTR, plus many more local gift cards

Food and vendors will be available before the parade, so come on down and join the party ahead of time!


Egg Nog Jog

3rd Saturday in December: Saturday, December 21, 2024 at 10:00AM

This scenic and challenging course begins at Jerome and St. Gregory and winds through Mt. Adams and Eden Park offering spectacular views of the city. Rain (Snow) or Shine!

Once again, El Barril will host. Join us after the race for the Awards Ceremony, Egg Nog, Food, Drink and Fun. Awards to best holiday themed costumes as judged by participants. All entrants will be eligible for random Door Prizes. You must me present to win.


Sunday, December 15, 2024: 6:00pm

Mt. Adams comes aglow with the soft light of thousands of luminaries for this Event organized by the Mt. Adams Beautification Association. We can all use a little brightness this Holiday season! In a year of being socially distanced… let’s come together as a community and 🔥Make the Night Bright🔥!!

Join us…with masks…at the Monk Statue for the Santa parade at 6:00pm then support our Mt Adams businesses and stroll the Hill as it shines bright!

Luminary Kits are purchased through street captains, or at Bow Tie Café. Proceeds from the event will be used by the Beautification Association to purchase planting materials and other supplies needed to keep our business district and other neighborhood gardens looking their best.