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    05/22/16 - 05/23/16
    11:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Italian Market

    Everyone’s Italian during the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival (, the city’s largest block party taking place along South 9th Street, from Wharton to Fitzwater Streets. The nation’s oldest outdoor continuous market will host this annual event on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine.

    Festival Highlights

    John Marzano Half Ball Tournament takes place in the Christopher Columbus Charter School at 916 Christian Street.  Registration fee is $125.00 per team.  Maximum team size is 5 players.  Proceeds benefit the John Marzano Wood Bat Scout League.  Teams can register at the Italian Market Visitor Center at 919 S. 9th Street.

    The Family Fun Zone is located at the 9th & Montrose Piazza. Working in conjunction with The South Philly Parent’s Resource Center they will bring to the Family Fun Zone an exciting line up of local businesses that provide children’s programming and entertainment. There will be arts and crafts, music, story times, bouncies and more.

    Car Show on Sunday May 22nd, Washington Avenue at 8th Street
    CK Auto Image’s 3rd Annual all make/model Car Show for PDAC.

    Procession of Saints held Sunday, May 22nd at 11 am, is an 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 Avenue, ending at Saint Paul Catholic Church (corner of S. Hutchinson and Christian Streets).

    The Wish Wall will be dedicated on Sunday May 22 at 10 am.   Installed at the Piazza on 9th & Montrose, the Wish Wall contains wishes made during Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia.  The Wish Wall Foundation granted one wish from those wishes.

    Pat’s and Geno’s will continue their philanthropic work during Festival Weekend.  Proceeds from the purchase of cheesesteaks at Pat’s will go to the Veterans Multi Service Center, located at 213 N. 4th Street in Philadelphia.  Proceeds from Geno’s will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Camden, NJ.  Philadelphia Eagle’s Jordan Hicks will join the fun on Sunday 5/22 from 2 to 4:30pm.

    For the first time in Festival history, all dogs are welcome to enjoy the PIT Stop Pooch Zone.  This pet friendly area is located on Christian Street between 9th & Darian.

    Albero della Cuccagna THE GREASE POLE!  IT’S BACK …. 30 feet high, greased with lard, located at the 9th & Montrose Piazza, teams will compete both Festival Days for prizes of meats, cheeses, gift cards and money, hanging from the top of the pole.  More importantly the winning team will have bragging rights for the entire year.  Teams can register at the Visitor Center located at 919 S. 9th Street.

     And of course, the star of the Festival is FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD.

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