'Pup Rally,' 5K party part of Phillies fun

The Phillies will hold a "Pup Rally" at Schuylkill River Park on Sunday, March 24, as part of Paint the Town Red Week.
The Phillies will hold a "Pup Rally" at Schuylkill River Park on Sunday, March 24, as part of Paint the Town Red Week.

Club's annual Paint the Town Red Week starts Saturday.

Posted: March 23, 2013

This weekend's "Pup Rally" and a 5K with a post-race party mark the start of Paint the Town Red Week, the Phillies' annual build-up to the first games at Citizens Bank Park.

Leading this crimson tide of enthusiasm will, of course, be the Red Phanatic, who's expected at every event.

Note that Thursday is the deadline to buy tickets for Friday's On Deck With the Phillies Reception.

Phillies Charities 5K, Saturday. It's too late to sign up to be one of the 5,000 runners, but fans on hand at 9 a.m. on Phillies Drive at the park will get to see former pitcher Tommy Greene, ballgirls, Phoebe Phanatic and broadcaster/event emcee Jim Jackson, and pick up "Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last)." Course map and other details: www.phillies.com/5K.

Post-Race Party, Saturday. After the race, festivities will ensue with live music, and food and beverage specials at McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon at the ballpark.

"Pup Rally," Sunday. Parade your dog in Phillies garb for a chance to win prizes for a "family-friendly event" from 1 to 3 p.m. at Schuylkill River Park, Taney & Pine Streets, just west of 26th Street in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania SPCA will bring cats and dogs that can be adopted (while accepting gifts of blankets, toys and money, according to the Phillies). Freebies include Opening Day rally towels, beads and cheer cards.

Phillies College Trolley Tour, Monday. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Red Phanatic and ballgirls will be making the rounds of local colleges. "Follow @phillies to learn where and when the trolley will stop," the club advises.

Phanatic Dance Party, with free Please Touch Museum admission for children, Tuesday. Kids who wear Phillies gear get into the museum for free by mentioning the Phanatic Dance Party, which runs from 11 a.m. to noon. (Adults $16.) The Phanatic's guests will include the ballgirls, and broadcasters Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke. Also: More rally towels and cheer cards.

Rec center celebration, Wednesday. Apparently a short stop for a cause, from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Conestoga Recreation Center, 53d and Media Streets, in West Philadelphia. Event includes a ceremonial first pitch, and officials talking up "the Trust for Public Land's initiative to create green schoolyards and recreation centers," including the refurbishing of Conestoga, according to the Phillies news release. Phanatic, ballgirls, and broadcasters Franzke and Andersen will be on hand.

Deadline to sign up for On Deck Reception, Thursday. (See event info under Friday, below.)

Phillies Lunch Break at Comcast Center, Thursday. From 1 to 2 p.m., the Phanatic, ballgirls, Andersen and Franzke stop by the the Markets & Shops, with viewing of the Phils-Blue Jays spring-training game on a big screen. Rally towels, beads and cheer cards, natch.

Colorful signs of the baseball season, Thursday. "Center City is turning red in honor of the Phillies return to Philadelphia that evening," according to the club. Boathouse Row will glow red. A giant "P" will appear on the Cira Centre. And signage on the PECO building will proclaim "Welcome Home Phillies."

On Deck With the Phillies Reception,next Friday. Afternoon affair, from 2 to 4, "features the entire Phillies ball club ... food and drink ... insight into the 2013 baseball season from Phillies executives ... a question-and-answer session with various Phillies players, autograph stations and a complimentary ticket for that evening's exhibition game." Tickets $90-$95. More info: See Chamber of Commerce website.

Exhibition games at Citizens Bank Park, March 29 and 30. Opening Day isn't until April 5, and the first regular-season game is on the road, April 2, in Atlanta. But two games against Toronto will let eager fans see the team in action at home, and tickets are still available. Next Friday's game is at 7:05 p.m., the following day's contest at 1:05 p.m. (with schedule magnet giveaway). "Spring training-like atmosphere ... plenty of prizes and surprises ... unique player and alumni interactions with fans, merchandise specials, entertainment, and more," club says. Tickets: Go to www.phillies.com/tickets or call 215-463-1000.

More on Paint the Town Red Week:www.phillies.com/paintthetownred.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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