Super Sunday: A Super Fun Day

Posted: October 07, 1988

Put on your most comfortable shoes and stroll on down to Philadelphia's largest block party. Super Sunday returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. (yes, on Sunday) with a new sponsor and a pared-down look that returns the 18th annual event to its roots.

The extravaganza, organized by the volunteer women's committee of the Academy of Natural Sciences, is now called Pepsi Super Sunday because it is being underwritten by the local Pepsi Cola bottlers.

The event will focus on what traditionally has attracted the crowds - foods and goods. As usual, visitors to the event can sample food ranging from ethnic to gourmet or buy from the clothing, craft and novelty vendors who'll line the parkway.

There will be non-stop free entertainment on two stages, one at the east end of Eakins Oval (below the Art Museum) and the other at the opposite end of the Parkway at 20th Street.

On Stage One at the Art Museum end will be Marvin Barrish wheel- chair dancing (11:45 a.m.), St. George Folk Dance (12:30 p.m.), Wizard on Wheels roller skaters (1:30), Charles Ferguson and band (1:45), Tony Selvage Violins and Other Strings (2:30), Julia Lopez flamenco dancer (3:30) and Freedom Theatre (4:15).

Scheduled for Stage 2 appearances are Synthesis Kenni Ulansey with Pan American music (1 p.m.) followed by Orlando Haddad-PhilaSamba (2 p.m.), Simon Dancers (3 p.m.) and Wissahickon Drive playing traditional Appalachian music (4 p.m.).

In front of the main branch of the Library at Logan Circle, there will be used library books for sale. Buy one (or two). You knows the proceeds go to a good cause.

If the urge to perform overwhelms you, you can join in the folk dancing on Boy Scout Drive, which is near 22nd and Spring.

Also, the carnival is back this year. For the first time since 1985, rides and games will be available for children (and the young-at-heart) on Winter Street, between 20th and 21st Streets just south of the Parkway.

While the carnival is newly reinstalled, a continuing familiar spot is Sports Alley, which will be installed on Cathedral Plaza on Logan Circle in front of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. A wrist-wrestling contest offers competition in men and women's categories, sub-divided by weight. Also, there'll be a putting green that benefits the American Red Cross.

In previous years, an ambitious slate of activities included an "academic

alley" and cultural displays. But not this year: city permission for Super Sunday was delayed until late August for budgetary reasons, so organizers had just six weeks to pull the pieces together. Some things had to be left out.

Last year, rain held the crowd down to 50,000. Although Super Sunday will go on rain or shine, the organizers are "guaranteeing" sun this year.


Rain or shine, Super Sunday is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the Ben Franklin Parkway from Cathedral Plaza to the east end of Eakins Oval.

Weather: Forecasters are calling for a sunny, crisp day with a temperature high of 55 degrees.

Transportation: The Parkway is closed to traffic and cross-traffic from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. There will be local detours on SEPTA bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48.

SEPTA has suspended its Frankford el reconstruction project construction on this Sunday only, so Market-Frankford Line service will not be interrupted. In addition, Frankford Express buses will operate all day Sunday .

Telephones and Police HQ: Parkway at 22nd St.

Toilets: 22nd at the Parkway; 20th St. north of the Parkway.

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