Newsletter for Saturday, Sept. 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Crowds from at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, where Pope Francis will perform a closed Mass at 10:30 AM. He’s on his way. Photo via @scottspitzer on Instagram.
PRICE GOUGING FOR THE POPE CROWDS
Would you pony up $70 for a picnic lunch for two? How about $125 for a family of four? If the Pope in Philly pilgrims packing the Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend want to eat on the fly, they’d better be ready for some sticker shock. Very few restaurants are located inside the Parkway security perimeter (and several will be closed throughout the weekend). Recognizing this, official World Meeting of Families retailer Aramark set up a line of concession stands along the inner row of the boulevard, offering grab and go salads, sandwiches and snacks. The prices are high.
HOW THE POPE’S DC VISIT WENT
Security and maps and traffic and screenings and bridge closures and everything that comes with Pope Francis can be overwhelming. A reason for hope: We’re third on his list of cities to visit, and things went well in the first one. Pope Francis left Washington, D.C. Thursday to make his way toward New York to address the United Nations, and instead of leaving it in disrepair, the place was calm and things went smoothly — especially regarding traffic and security. Here’s a quick look at how things went in Washington, D.C.
The Festival of Families - a giant free concert on Saturday on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It's emceed by Mark Wahlberg, features Andrea Boccelli, Juanes, Aretha Franklin and more. Pope Francis is expected to make a cameo.
Where: The Ben Franklin Parkway
When: September 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
VIDEO: WHAT DOES PHILLY KNOW ABOUT POPE FRANCES?
The pilgrims are flocking to Philadelphia and Center City is swiftly changing into the “Francis Festival Grounds.” With Philadelphians and tourists milling around strangely traffic-free streets, and we stopped a few at Dilworth Park on Thursday to quiz people about what they know about Pope Francis and his trip to Philadelphia. Here’s how it went.
FOLLOW THE NEWS WITH THIS POPE PLAYLIST
Pope. Pope. Pope. It’s finally happening. Some of the traffic restrictions are in effect and others start soon. And the big man himself will be in Philadelphia tomorrow. This week’s #BillyPennPlaylist recaps some of the biggest papal stories from the week, plus a little Kathleen Kane, and pairs them with songs that have a slight religious twist. Eight stories/songs are highlighted here, plus a Spotify playlist with more than 30 pope-related songs for you to enjoy this weekend.