South 9th Street Italian Market Festival Family Fun May 15th & 16th

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Everyone's Italian at Philadelphia's Biggest Block Party -- enjoy 3 stages of live entertainment, the John Marzano Half Ball Tournament, Procession of Saints, Artisan Crafters and Food Galore! The Italian Market Merchants Overcame the Odds & United to Produce Festival Tradition Enjoyed by More than 100,000 Visitors to South Philadelphia

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“Between the economy, the unexpected volumes of snow impacting access to the Market this year and the skyrocketing costs of city services, we weren’t sure how we would pull off a festival of this magnitude,” said Michele Gambino, Business Manager, South 9

Everyone’s Italian during the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival (http://www.italianmarketfestival.com), the city’s biggest block party that runs along South 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Federal Streets. The nation’s oldest outdoor market will host this highly-anticipated annual event on Saturday May 15th and Sunday May 16th from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine.

Festival Highlights:

  •     Live Entertainment – three stages of music to suit all tastes and get everyone partying in the streets. The festival Main Stage (9th & Washington Streets) features WMGK classic rock and party bands; the Triple Play Sports Stage (9th & Christian Streets) will have DJ Johnny Looch spinnin’ and the Local Flavors Stage will feature a host of local talent (9th & Annin Streets).
  •     John Marzano Half Ball Tournament – back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual John Marzano Half Ball Tournament (held at the Christopher Columbus Charter School; 9th & Christian Streets) honors the legacy of this Philly native and also serves as a fundraiser for the Marzano Family Education Fund. Watch as teams compete in this exciting single elimination tournament or join in the fun. Register in advance at Triple Play Sports (9th & Christian Streets).
  •     Procession of Saints – held Sunday, May 16th at 12 noon, this annual tradition, the St. Paul Parish Procession of Saints starts at Saint Mary Magdalen Church (712 Montrose Street) and pauses for the Blessing of the Market at 9th and Washington Streets, ending at Saint Paul Catholic Church (corner of S. Hutchinson and Christian Streets).
  •     Artisan Crafters – unique creations and wares (9th Street from Christian to Fitzwater).
  •     Food, Food & More Food – mouthwatering delights from a wide variety of vendors serving up all the crowd favorites in true South Philly style. Now, that’s Italian!

The South 9th Street Businessmen’s Association is producing the festival itself this year, which was no easy task.    “Between the economy, the unexpected volumes of snow impacting access to the Market this year and the skyrocketing costs of city services, we weren’t sure how we would pull off a festival of this magnitude,” said Michele Gambino, Business Manager, South 9th Street Businessmen’s Association. “The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors and we knew we could not let them down. The market merchants pulled together to fundraise, to reduce costs, to find more cost-effective service options and we’ve done it. It’s a real testament to the strength and commitment of this loyal community who have come together stronger in spite of the odds.”     In fact, this year’s festival, tagged “IM Festive” will be the kick-off in a year-long branding campaign for the market.

The South 9th Street Businessmen’s Association thanks the following organizations for their financial support and contributions towards this year’s festival: Triple Play Sports, Metro PCS, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, United Savings Bank, Midwood Management and Peroni.

For more detailed event information including a map of the festival, directions and parking information visit http://www.italianmarketfestival.com.

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