Sunday, February 7, 2016

Night Parade in South Philly

Night Parade in South Philly

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(Fleisher Art Memorial)

Before there was Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray Love fame, there was Huberta, an elderly woman, who after being married for 60 years, set off on an epic journey to find life and love. Her desperate trek from her daughter’s home in Florida led her over bodies of water, through adventures and perils, ultimately to Philadelphia, where she was greeted with a night procession that recreated her journey.

Tonight, the Fleisher Art Memorial will stage a tribute to Huberta’s fictional perseverance with a night procession through the streets of South Philadelphia, starting at their building at 719 Catharine Street. It’s a culmination of a project titled Wherever There Is Water by artist George Ferrandi. Along the parade, dancers, singers, musicians and sculpture will tell Huberta’s tale, along with stories from the community.

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Kia Gregory is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a proud native of the city and an alumna of Temple University. Contact Kia by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-2601.

Vernon Clark, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has reported extensively neighborhood issues in North and Northwest Philadelphia. Vernon has also been an editor for the Inquirer and has worked as an editor and writer at the Boston Globe and Akron Beacon Journal. Contact Vernon by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-5717.

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