City hopes event curbs post-parade chaos

Posted: September 19, 2013

THIS YEAR'S Puerto Rican Day Parade will include a series of family-friendly activities intended to avert the disorder that has followed the parade in recent years.

Mayor Nutter and other officials announced yesterday that the city will invest significant money in post-parade events, which include a concert at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. Nutter said he did not yet know how much the city would investing. Community groups will contribute $50,000.

The changes were spurred by last year's controversy after Lt. Jonathan Josey was filmed striking parade-goer Aida Guzman.

Nutter said he hopes the new activities will discourage people from engaging in "unsanctioned post-parade activities." Thousands have gathered in the streets of Fairhill and North Philly after previous parades, leading to hundreds of thousands in police costs.

"Come enjoy the experience of Philadelphia," Nutter said. "On the other hand if you act like a loqueros [crazy people], then you're going to have a problem. So don't be a knucklehead."

The parade, sponsored by Latino family-service agency Concilio, kicks off Sept. 29 at noon. After-parade events include a family friendly festival at Olney Charter High and a concert at the Dell Music Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, $15 for VIP. Call Centro Musical 215-425-7050 to learn more.


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