Serge Levin, philly.com
The annual Columbus Day Parade held on South Broad Street, Philadelphia on October 12, 2014.
While Philadelphia has not changed the name of the Columbus Day Parade, possibly due to the nature of the debatable historic holiday, it still remains a liveyl tradition in this city. It's the South Philadelphia community's opportunity to bring local organizations together, ranging from school bands and JROTC programs, to well-established groups that frequent all major Philadelphia parades. Both participants and observers were welcome to partake in the atmosphere of South Broad Street being closed and turned into a public space, with the procession ending at the Marconi plaza, where many enjoyed offerings from the local Italian eateries.
HughE Dillon, philly.com
The 24th Annual Outfest Block Party was held on Sunday, Oct. 12. The cool, crisp weather welcomed thousands of people, some even bravely sporting summer-like attire. Over the years the block party has grown from a humble one block gathering on Pine Street near Giovanni's Room to 9 full blocks in the Gayborhood surrounding 13th and Locust.
Each intersection of Outfest had a stage or live entertainment. The main stage was located at 13th and Locust Streets where there was a belly dancing contest, the gayest dog contest (with actual dogs), the very popular drag wars and an appearance by Frannie Price, the original founder of the celebration, as well as the executive director of the Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade.
At 13th and Spruce folks could enjoy family fun games and ride a mechanical bull. 12th and Spruce was where the EDM music was pumping and a few club kids took to the streets to shake their groove. At 12th and Locust there was a karaoke stage and in between the two intersections, ICandy had a strippers stage. Around the corner UBar, and other drinking establishments on Camac Street, were overflowing with men in their chaps, jeans and muscle shirts. Down the street at Woody's the windows were were wide open, and the younger crowd socialized on the patio smoking and cruising the crowd to see who might catch their eye. Outside guests were seated at tables in the street enjoying a bite to eat and a few beers.
Tim Blackwell, philly.comThis past week, photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at "Mean Love" at Johnny Brenda's on Tuesday, "Hot-N-Fun" at Medusa Lounge and house music DJ Juan Maclean & vocalist/former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang at The Dolphin Tavern on Saturday.
HughE Dillon, philly.com
Uniqlo celebrated the opening of their new store at 1608 Chestnut Street with a big party in Fairmount Park at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse featuring The Roots drummer and Philly native Questlove on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Families enjoyed playing on the swing-sets, seesaws, slides and other fun playground equipment. There was also face painting, arts and crafts and a little boat boat pond for families. Traditional Japanese Taeko drummers and Philadelphia bucket drummers also entertained the crowd.
Saturday started as a soggy, cloudy day, but by the time the gates to the 3rd Annual King of Prussia Beerfest Royale opened the sun was out and festival goers were in high spirits and ready to enjoy over 100 samplings of brews.
It was a day full of music, mingling and food from local area restaurants. The Beerfest Royale is presented by the King of Prussia District (KOP-BID), which works to improve the economic environment in the town by making more vibrant, attractive and prosperous. Saturday's event consisted of two three and a half hour sessions for $35, and $55. Each guest was given a 5 oz. mug to sample the beers, which included selections from Angry Orchard, Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Fish and Yards to name a few.
California Pizza Kitchen, Tony Luke's, and Maggiano’s were offering up delicious fare to guests. Celebrity judges chose the best of beers, both international and craft, as well as the best dish served at the event. The judges were: Neal Santos, Caroline Russock (Phila City Paper), Christine Tarlecki (Philly2Philly.com), and Donnie Black (95.7 BEN-FM Morning Show Producer). Chris Murphy of Fox 29 Philly was the final judge and taste tested the other judges choices and then crowned the winners. He chose Conshohocken Brewing Company for "Best Craft Beer" with it's Chocolate Crush Imperial Porter and "Best International Beer" went to Kronenbourg 1664. The best dish of the day was Maggiano's brisket.
Tim Blackwell, philly.comThis week, Tim Blackwell stopped by The Bounce at The Barbary, Kid Hazo's "Redirect" show at LMNL Gallery, "Photo Exhibition Reception: the border is an invitation" at the Mural Arts building
The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Nightlife Awards took place at Soundgarden Hall on Monday, September 30, 2014.
The event was an awards ceremony honoring those who make Philly nightlife exciting. Categories included best bars, best clubs, best bartenders, best doormen, best hospitality and actually includes a few establishments in Atlantic City. More than 50 awards were given out after over 60,000 online votes were tallied up.
The evening started off with an hourlong Stoli sponsored cocktail party, as well as an array of small bites including nearly 500 soft pretzels from the Pretzel Factory. Then the awards were given out from 8 to 10 pm.
Manayunk kicked off its week-long celebration, honoring many of its amazing restaurants and dining spots, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 with its bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Festival.
Main Street was closed off and lined with 45 food vendors who had offerings ranging from crab cakes and tacos to cupcakes and samosas.
Local businesses were also represented with their own booth parked on the street. According to Parker Witmore and Danielle Jowdy, co-owners of Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream, closing the street to cars made this festival far better than the last one. Lines of customers were now able to spill onto the street instead of being restricted to the sidewalk.