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The South Street 89th Annual Easter Promenade

An Easter tradition returned to South Philadelphia for the first time since the start of the pandemic Sunday April 17, 2022, drawing hundreds of people excited to enjoy the festivities. The South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) returned with its 89th Annual Easter Promenade! Hundreds dressed up in their Sunday best, took photos with the Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail and grabbed delicious bites at some of South Street’s iconic restaurants.

The Easter Promenade, known for the extravagant Easter costumes, was led by Henri David, the fantastical Master of Ceremonies, also known for his exuberance and particular skill in throwing the most magnificent parties. The promenade hosted contests for people of all ages who wanted to dress up for the occasion. All contestants received an Easter bag with delicious goodies thanks to Frankford Candy. Nearly 200 infants, children, families and pets entered the contest for categories such as Best Dressed Family, Best Dressed Pet, Best Bonnet, and Best South Street Razzle Dazzle. 

The Promenade ended at the new Headhouse Plaza (2nd and Lombard Streets) for the contest judging. The contestants of the Easter Promenade’s best dressed contest were judged by  South Street business owners and friends  such as Shannon Maldonado, Owner of Yowie on S. 4th Street, a SSHD business, Monica Monique, Owner of Oxymoron Fashion House on S. 4th Street, a SSHD business, Mark Squilla, Councilman of City Council’s First District, P.A. House Representative Mary Isaacson, and Jillian Pirtle, a Vocalist, Actress, and TV Personality. 

Best Dressed Girl (Ages 6-10) – Lake Bryant-Pressley
Best Easter Bonnet – Terry Gsell and Luis Martinez

Winners received gift cards to  Ham + Bone, Head House Books, Moon + Arrow, NEWSBOY Hats, Philly AIDS Thrift, Queen & Rook, Scoop DeVille, Spread Bagelry / Cozette Pizza, & YOWIE.  Check out more photos Metro Philly, Phila Tribune and PCC IG Reels (it’s become a thing) Have a great day!!

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Remembering Philly’s Easter

Happy Easter. I think it’s safe to say one of the best celebrations in Philly is South Street’s Easter Promenade, an annual rite of spring which attracts thousands of people to the hippest street in the City. The event started in 1931 and was held at Rittenhouse Square before moving to the Gallery and eventually to South Street. This year would have been the 89th annual Easter Promenade but alas Covid19 has us all looking forward to next years celebration, which will be the 89th Easter Parade. In the meantime let’s check out photos from past years.

Michael Harris, Executive Dir of South Street and Frannie Price, event producer of the Easter Promenade on South Street

This is the first Easter in years I haven’t spent it with Kory Aver, Aversa Pr, who represents South Street and has really helped make it the success it is today promoting it, pitching the press, and reminding us how great it is to experience. There’s always next year!!

Check out this story on Billy Penn for an indepth article on how Henri David saved the Easter Parade, and it’s path to South Street. Have a wonderful day…

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South Street Easter Parade – The Fashion & Fun

The South Street Easter Parade on Sunday, April 21, 2019 was definitely one of my favorites. The weather was spectacular, but not too hot. The highest number of folks in recent years entered the fashion contest, often wearing the most fabulous outfits. Here are some fun photos.

The Rainbow Connection

It was great to see so many families on South Street

Pretty in Pink

Until Next Year South Street….

Check out Philly Voice Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly for more photos from the Easter Promenade on South Street

Saturday 4/27/19
Grab the Girls and head to Bloomingdale‘s Willow Grove for cocktails and Spring Fashion curated by
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Check out exquisite pieces of fine fashion jeweler from Ann King Lago’s REALM
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Photos: East Passyunk Race for Easter Eggs & Info on South Street Easter Festivities

The Easter Bunny visited to East Passyunk Avenue last week! Hundreds of children from the area participated in the FREE Easter Egg Hunt at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center’s Outdoor Garden, located at East Passyunk Ave & Dickinson Street.

Kids decorated egg-collecting bags, posed for photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy music from WBEN-FM and… hunt for eggs filled with toys and candy.

Egg Hunt times are staggered by age group. We suggest you arrive at least 15-30 minutes before your child’s age group;
After the egg hunt, select restaurants will offer kid-friendly brunch and shopping specials. Stay tuned for a full list.

SUNDAY MEET ME ON SOUTH STREET:
Philadelphia’s 88th Annual Easter Promenade Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019  Time: 12:30pm 
Presented by: South Street Headhouse District 
Location: Starts at South and Fifth and Passyunk Cost: Free  
Website: www.southstreet.com
Photos: http://bit.ly/easterpromenade19media
Festivities include live music, dancing the Bunny Hop, appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, photos with the Easter Bunny, and famous best dressed contests on the. Children, adults and even pets can enter in more than a dozen categories to be named best dressed and best “razzle dazzle.” Celebrity judges include well-known names in fashion, radio and television. The parade itself kicks off at 12:30pm at the corner of South Street and Passyunk Avenue, with judging until approximately 2:00pm in Headhouse Square at 2nd Street. After the parade, enjoy brunch at restaurants throughout Queen Village, Society Hill and Bella Vista. Festivities are free! For more info, visit www.southstreet.com.