Archive: October, 2008
At Broad Street and Washington Avenue, the mood was definitely more circus than parade.
People were eagerly taking pictures of a 50-foot piñata that had a sign declaring: “Congratulations to the Phillies from the world’s largest piñata.”
A man walked on stilts, another was dressed as a Jolly Green Giant and another wore a McCain mask
The Delaware River Port Authority has issued the following advisory:
The ramps to and from the Walt Whitman bridge at Broad Street are closing at noon.
The pedestrian walkway on the Ben Franklin bridge is experiencing heavier than usual foot traffic. Police will monitor the walkway this evening and keep it open as long as necessary for parade goers to make their way back across the bridge.
After a two hour wait hundreds of passengers were able to board the R5 at the Wayne Station. The train arrived at 11:30 a.m. and made stops at Saint Davids and Radnor before hitting capacity and then headed straight to 30th Street Station.
Taylor Schmidthuber, 16, skipped school at Phoenixville High School to see the parade. Her mom, Doreen, took a vacation day from her job at Johnson and Johnson.
The mood on the train is festive. Everyone is wearing Phillies gear. There are Phillies cheers.
"Dude, I missed you man! You should be here," Dave Slobodinsky told his son via cell phone from 18th and Market this morning as the crowd was filled the sidewalks. His son, Mark, 21, is a junior at University of Pittsburgh. He was supposed to be in Philadelphia this morning - his father had even lined up flights back and forth on Southwest - but at the last minute other obligations intervened.
“He grew up with me. He’s a sick kid that loves the Philly’s like I do," Slobodinksy explained. "I got it from my father, and he got it from his father." He came in from Bensalem with his other son, Brett, 18. The older Slobodinsky, who grew up in the Northeast, was wearing a red Phillies sweat shirt and Phillies hat.
He said he hadn't been to a parade since the Flyers Stanley Cup parade .
The Delaware River Port Authority has issued the following advisory for the PATCO line and the bridges:
- All parking lots are full at Patco stations.
- Trains are operating at capacity.
- Two-hour delays getting into the station to buy tickets because of long lines.
- Patco continues running six car trains every six minutes.
- Generally speaking, Patco is being pushed to its operational limit.
- Traffic is very heavy on the Walt Whitman bridge westbound into Philadelphia.
- Traffic is backed up on the toll plaza east to Front Street.
For both Patco and the bridge, supervisors are staffing toll booths, ticket booths and doing everything possible to try to make everything run as smoothly as possible.
A sign of things:
When the subway arrived on the Broad Street line, the crowd crowding the platform cheered. Some snapped pictures. And then, once people squeezed into the car and the doors managed to shut, the real cheering began.
Let’s go Phillies! Let’s go Phillies! Let’s go Phillies!
Above the Merriam Theater, two trumpet players were blowing the “Charge!” stadium rouser above a crowd on Broad Street that is now 10 deep.
Kids were sitting on top of a SEPTA entrance as cops stood nearby. One family brought their own rented scaffold to get good parade views.
Kari Janisse, 26, of Williamstown, been painting faces outside the Citizens Bank Park parking lot on Pattison Avenue. She plans to be there all day.
For $5 you can get your whole face painted, half white, half red with a Phillies P on one cheek. For $3, you can get a P on one cheek and a player’s number on the other cheek.
“I run a business and face-paint at birthday parties and events, so I figured I’d come down and give people some pride and make some cash," Janisse said. She does have tickets for the celebration in the stadium.