DNC tour begins as Philly seeks 2016 convention

Philadelphia convention fans welcome the bus carrying the DNC delegation.
Philadelphia convention fans welcome the bus carrying the DNC delegation. (CLAUDIA VARGAS / Staff)
Posted: August 15, 2014

Of course there were mummers and cheesesteaks as a committee to select the city to host the Democrats 2016 presidential convention started a two-day tour of Philadelphia in Philly style.

The mummers strummed as the bus carrying the Democratic National Committee delegation pulled up to a crowd waiting the Warwick Hotel that included reenactors dressed in colonial period garb and the Eagles mascot.

Also in the crowd to greet the visitors were former Gov. Ed Rendell and Mayor Nutter, who posed with a donkey mascot, and and Rep. Robert Brady.

After the delegation settled in at the hotel, they headed over to 9th Street and Passayunk Avenue, where they learned about - and lunched on - cheesesteaks at Pat's Steaks.

To mark the visit, landmark locations around Philadelphia will be lit red, white, and blue Wednesday and Thursday as part of the city's effort to be picked to host the convention.

The PECO building's message sign will declare, "Philadelphia Welcomes the DNC Selection Team," officials said. The Cira Centre will have lights that read "DNC PHL." The LOVE Park fountain will have blue water.

Boathouse Row will be lit up, as will One Liberty Place and Two Liberty Place.

Other locations, including along South Broad Street, also will feature welcome decorations or lights.

Philadelphia is competing for the 2016 convention against Brooklyn, N.Y.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Columbus, Ohio.

Philadelphia last hosted a national political convention in 2000, when the Republican Party chose George W. Bush as its candidate.

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