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Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Hamilton County. The municipality is located north of the Ohio River at the Ohio-Kentucky border.

Culture

Cincinnati's culture is influenced by its history of German and Italian immigration and its geographical position on the border of the Southern United States and Midwestern United States. The History of the Jews in Cincinnati was developed by immigrants from England and Germany who made the city a center of Reform Judaism. In the mid-19th century, Cincinnati became home to Rabbi Isaac M. Wise who later influence construction of the Plum Street Temple. Rabbi Wise inspired unprecedented changes in Judaism that had not been known before in America.

Festivals

Cincinnati is home to numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including:

The annual Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade
Bockfest, a celebration of Bock beer and the coming of Lent/Spring
The annual Midwest Black Family Reunion.
The Cincinnati Flower Show, organized by the Cincinnati Horticultural Society in late April. This floral event, endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, is staged at Symmes Township Park and claims to be the biggest outdoor flower show in the United States.
Oktoberfest, celebrating Cincinnati's German heritage, is the largest Oktoberfest in the US.
Thanksgiving Day Race, the sixth-oldest race in the country.
The Taste of Cincinnati and since 1962 the Jazz Festival (now Macy's Music Fest), held annually during July.
The MidPoint Music Festival is a yearly music festival that takes place in many venues across downtown and Over-The-Rhine.
The Tall Stacks Festival, held every three or four years to celebrate Cincinnati's riverboat history.
The Festival of Lights, hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden during the year-end holiday season.
The Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Riverfest fireworks display on Labor Day weekend, attracting annual crowds of over 500,000.
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival 12 Days of Theatre, Film, Visual Art, and Music in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. Ohio's Largest Performing Arts Festival. Begins the day after Memorial Day each year.

The city plays host to numerous musical and theater operations, operates a park system currently ranked 4th in the country boasting that any city resident is within 1 mile (2 km) of a park, and has a diverse dining culture. Cincinnati's Fountain Square serves as one of the cultural cornerstones of the region. The city will be the United States' first hoster of the World Choir Games in 2012.

Cincinnati is identified with several unique foods. "Cincinnati chili" is commonly served by several independent chains, including Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili, Price Hill Chili, Empress Chili, Camp Washington Chili, and Dixie Chili and Deli. Cincinnati has been called the "Chili Capital of America" and "the World" because it has more chili restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation or world. Goetta is a meat product popular in Cincinnati consisting of sausage and pinhead oatmeal, usually fried and eaten as a breakfast food. Cincinnati also has many gourmet restaurants. Until 2005, when the restaurant closed, The Maisonette carried the distinction of being Mobil Travel Guide's longest running five-star restaurant in the country for 41 consecutive years. Jean-Robert de Cavel has opened four new restaurants in the area since 2001, including Jean-Robert's at Pigall's which closed in March 2009. Cincinnati's German heritage is evidenced by the many restaurants that specialize in schnitzels and Bavarian cooking. Another element of German culture remains audible in the local vernacular; some residents use the word please when asking a speaker to repeat a statement. This usage is taken from the German word for please, bitte (a shortening of the formal, "Wie bitte ist es?" or "How please is that?" rendered word for word from German into English), which is used in this sense.

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously-operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most famous institutions. The market is the last remaining market among the many that once served Cincinnati.

In August 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Cincinnati as tenth in a list of "America's Hard-Drinking Cities".

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