It might not have the same place in history as, say, July 4, 1776, but yesterday was a day that will live in Philly history. People began amassing around City Hall and the Art Museum as early as 6 a.m. — you can relive the tick-tock by scrolling through our live update post here. In the end hundreds of thousands came out to cheer the Super Bowl champion Eagles, and even if it wasn't the millions predicted (PMN puts the number at 700,000), it was a huge event — with nearly no trouble, not even on SEPTA or PATCO. Yes, there was trash on the street afterwards, and not enough bathrooms. But overall, the parade was a huge success. Here are 52 glorious, funny, touching and astonishing photos that tell the story.
The entire city felt like winners yesterday, but the breakout star was Jason Kelce. The Eagles center borrowed a real Mummers costume from his hairdresser's husband, and spent the day singing and dancing with fans as the team followed the parade route. Then, at the closing ceremonies, Kelce gave a rousing speech that fired up the entire city — and got seriously bleeped by TV broadcasters. We transcribed the epic pep talk so you can read it in all its raw and insightful glory.
International immigration has been an essential part of Philadelphia's population growth this decade. But across Pennsylvania, a large percentage of people who move here don't come from other countries — they come from other states. The New York Times charted out the shifting tides of Pa. interstate migration over the past century. Most new residents recently hailed from New York, New Jersey and Maryland, a change from the 1950s and '60s, when there was a huge influx from the American South. Now that's the region most people head to when they leave. Especially Florida.
Jason Sherman is more knowledgeable than most about the ins and outs of Northeast Philly. His documentary about the area of the city, "The King's Highway," was released in 2016. Now he has a new project: uniting the disparate neighborhoods under a single banner, the Northeast Times reports. Partly for solidarity's sake, but also to help draw visitors to a bus tour and to help preserve the historic buildings and structures throughout the 50-square-mile region. He started a website, NortheastPhilly.org, to help make it happen.
Dr. Cornel West is perhaps the country's best-known African American educator and philosopher. The Free Library Author Events series hosts him to discuss Race Matters, his National Book Award-winning tome on race, justice and democracy in America. Advance tickets required.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: February 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15