An estimated 3,000 people marched, danced, strutted and sang through the Philadelphia yesterday to celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday — although not yet officially recognized — commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States, which happened on June 19, 1865. This was Philly's third annual parade, and it was full of colorful costumes and cultural pride. Here's 19 photos of the sights and scenes at the celebration of freedom and heritage.
Remember when GOP gov candidate Scott Wagner showed up at Malcom X Park to mow the grass? His campaign made an ad out of the visits, in which Wagner doesn't talk about overgrown grass, but schools. He makes a promise to concentrate on the city, telling an assembled group of black Philadelphians, "You're going to see a lot of me over the next six months." Does he really think he can win the African American urban vote? Maybe, WHYY posits, it's more about positioning for moderates.
The shore is one way to escape the city for a summer break, but it’s not the only one. With its incredibly varied topography, Pennsylvania boasts some of the most scenic camping grounds the region has to offer. We sifted through reviews and ratings to zero in on 15 top sites that welcome campers in Pa.’s grandiose public parks. Check out details here, then lace up your hiking boots, douse yourself in mosquito spray and head to the great outdoors.
It's a great day for a food truck fest! We're hosting a party this afternoon at New Liberty Distillery's new courtyard, with spirit samplings, cornhole, "Pin the Billy Penn on City Hall" and all-you-can-eat food. Cool note: we booked a newcomer we're excited to showcase: chef Chris Paul, a Drexel grad who grew up in Haiti and recently launched his own catering biz. He'll join Oink and Moo, Stuff'd Buns and 2 Street Sammies to feed us. Bring the kids, bring the dog — see you there.
💵 Attic Brewing Co., the brewery opening in Germantown with a neighborhood crowdfunding model, is hosting a tasting for potential microinvestors. Anyone is welcome to sample and learn more. (Monday, June 25, 5 to 8 p.m.)
⚖️ An estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Philadelphians have a criminal history record. Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity is hosting an info fair/art show to show how much returning citizens have to offer society. (Tuesday, June 26, 5 to 8:30 p.m.)
❓ We're hosting another Quizzo night! Come out for three rounds of Philly-inspired questions at the uCity PHS Pop Up Garden. Prizes, fun and knowledge about your city — all entirely free. (Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m.)
🏀 The Sixers teamed with the city to renovate basketball courts at North Philly's Hartranft Playground, and the nearby Village of Arts and Humanities turned the project into a multimedia art show. The opening reception features live music and food. (Thursday, June 28, 6 to 9 p.m.)
🎸 Can you rock an air guitar? (Don't pretend you've never done it.) Johnny Brenda's is hosting the regional competition to determine who gets to rep Philly in the US Air Guitar Championships. $10 to get in. (Friday, June 29, 8 p.m.)
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