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Scene: The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

Saturday night a new parade was held in Philadelphia to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the Chinese New Year.

‘The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade,’ feature arts and culture groups from multicultural backgrounds. Floats, balloons, dance troupes, and several marching bands.

The parade kicked off at 2nd and Market Streets at 5PM.

The Primark store invited a few friends to ride on their Double Decker bus as it made it’s away along Market Street for the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade.

Kids and adults lined the street, smiling, waving with joy. It was great to see, especially after what we’ve all been through.

The Unionville High School rendition of “The Grinch” was fantastic. I bet they put on a great school play too!!

Primark and Boston Market gave out goodies along the parade route.
A performance by Dance 4 Life, Wilmington De.

Who knew, Santa was legendary Phillies coach Charlie Manuel, they kept it secret so the kids…. Thank you to all those involved, it was a huge success, on a limited budget, which created priceless memories for kids and adults a like. A dream come true for years to come, a dream by Mayor Jim Kenney, who always wanted a lighted holiday parade, as some other cities have, but he really created one, uniquely Philly. Thanks to the City Rep’s office, Visit Philly, Cashman Pr, and especially the team from Welcome America who produced the event. Thanks to Boston Market and Primark for sponsoring me to photograph the parade.


The Sugarhouse Casino Presents The Mummers – My Fav Pixs

The Sugarhouse Casino Presents The Mummers – My Fav Pixs

I know a day late, here are my favorite Mummer photos. This year I decided to credential to shoot the parade instead of just shooting from the sidelines. When I applied I thought it was going to be 45F, as it stated in the 15 day outlook.

It was a lot of fun, being that cold made the whole parade feel like a community, cause we were all in the same boat, kinda. I did have the opportunity to party hop, which I did about every ninety minutes.

I headed to McCormick & Schmick’s for the Sugarhouse Casino/PHL17 Party. It was exactly what I needed, I warmed up, got a bite to eat and uploaded photos to CBS3, which you can see here.
Thanks Wendy Hamilton, GM Sugarhouse Casino, here with her son.

Councilman Mark Squilla
Definitely the best dressed at the parade

Quaker City performs in front of the Union League.
The crowd made a circle and everyone enjoyed the performance

The cutest thing, the Mummer shared a pair of gloves with a young fan

This mummer had photos of children around his neck

Cousin it makes it’s way up Broad Street

Then I headed to the Kimmel Center for their family fun day. It was fairly crowded for the frigid day.

There was a lot of fun happening. There was face painting and balloon crafts, this guy is making wings for the little girl

This is definitely the place for families to attend every year

On the 3rd floor, there was a Jose Garces Brunch until 3PM, when the floor was open to the public to check out the parade from the terrace.
There was also an area where families helped packaged healthy food for the needy in Philly

There were two lines of folks creating packages

Fire Chief Curran strutting with the Lego’s in front of Ladder 5 on Broad Street

Some Mummer spectators brought home souvenir.
All in all it was a fun day, in fact I think it was one of the best events. There was plenty of room and barely any crazies making a scene.