The Halloween/Parade Weekend
There’s supposedly a bunch of things going on this weekend. Something about a parade. Oh yeah, and it’s Halloween too.
Hey, how often is it Halloween, a parade, and Friday night all at the same time? For those that do not have the free tickets to the Citizens Bank Park or Lincoln Financial Field Phillies celebrations, there’s a few other things you can do:
Parade – Friday, 12-3 p.m., 20th and Market to South Broad Street
The parade starts in Center City during lunch hour. I can’t even imagine how crowded it’s gonna be to walk anywhere tomorrow. As I was discussing with someone last night on Broad Street, most people there either were too young to remember that last parade and celebration or weren’t born yet. So a lot of people don’t really have a frame of reference for how these things work. I have a feeling that billable hours Friday will take a precipitous drop. Oh, and I think the unwritten rule of alcohol being allowed during parades applies.
Terror Behind the Walls – Through Sunday, Eastern State Penitentiary, Fairmount Ave.
“Terror Behind the Walls” is the standard bearer for annual, wide-reaching Halloween events in the city. It’s a great opportunity to check out a true Philadelphia landmark: Eastern State Penitentiary, which actually has been used as a model for many other prisons throughout the country. There’s high tech lighting, digital sound, special effects and just some general freakiness. Tickets are $20-30. It’s good to do at least once.
The Kimmel Center will be transformed into a Halloween spectacular. There will be costume contests, food, drinks, dancing, bands, etc. Performers include Bjorn Again (the official ABBA tribute band) and Peter Conte playing organ accompaniment to a spooky silent film. It’s $40. The funny thing is that I will be an event there at Kimmel earlier during the parade, so with any luck, all the revelers will be cleared by the time the show starts. Either that, or I hope that people passed out aren’t mistakenly awarded costume prizes.
2008 Andrew Hamilton Gala – Saturday, 7 p.m., 23rd Street Armory
The big gala this Saturday is the 30th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala, which is the big fundraiser for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. I’ve never been, so I’m looking forward to going this year. It’s the “social event of the season in the legal community.” That’s funny, I always thought that discovery court was. Tickets for young lawyers are $175. A little pricy but lack tie events don’t come cheap.