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ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Troubling and gorgeous, Parade opened the Arden season Wednesday night. The show is hard to label: a musical tragedy? A chamber folk opera? Whatever it is, it is brimful of glorious voices, giving us a theatrically exhilarating but politically somber night in the theater. Alfred Uhry wrote the book and Jason Robert Brown the music and lyrics, co-conceived by Harold Prince. Parade begins with a parade celebrating Confederate Memorial Day in a Georgia town. "Why," asks Leo Frank, the show's central character, "would anyone want to celebrate losing a war?"
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year after Philadelphia's Puerto Rican Day parade gained national attention over a video showing a police officer striking a woman, city officials are preparing to have more police supervision at the Sept. 29 event. The parade will also be followed by an official city-sponsored concert at the Dell East Music Center in Fairmount Park to give people a place to continue celebrating. The first Boricua Fest, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. that Sunday, will feature local Latino musical acts and the Grammy-nominated rapper Tego Calderon, city officials announced Tuesday.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IT'S BEEN a year since outrage erupted after veteran cop Lt. Jonathan Josey was captured on video slugging a woman to the ground in the aftermath of the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade - anger that bubbled up anew when the disgraced officer got his job back last month. But the controversial incident has spurred what officials are calling much-needed change to post-parade activities as well as policing for this year's event - even amid concern that angry protesters may give cops a hard time.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
  ATLANTIC CITY The prodigal daughters returned home Saturday night. Borne by vintage convertibles, the Miss America hopefuls flaunted their footwear as a vast welcome party greeted them over two miles of Boardwalk. The Show Us Your Shoes Parade stepped off in style on the eve of the Miss America pageant, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. from Boardwalk Hall. The two-hour parade, a tradition that dates to the 1970s, had been on hiatus during the pageant's run in Las Vegas. Stretching from Rhode Island Avenue near Revel Casino to Albany Avenue, with a staged stop in front of Boardwalk Hall, the parade included more than 4,000 participants.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was not a happy crowd at Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade Monday. And that's even overlooking the rain, which was impossible, since downpours soaked a bigger-than-usual crowd, turning Philadelphia's union members into a brigade of the plastic-ponchoed. Nothing builds labor solidarity faster than seeing how many union brothers and sisters, and their kids, can crowd under one umbrella, or squeeze under roof overhangs at the sheet metal workers union hall on Christopher Columbus Boulevard, where the group rallies for speeches before marching north to the annual picnic at Penn's Landing.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IN A MOVE destined to reignite controversy, an arbitrator ruled yesterday that Jonathan Josey should be reinstated as a Philadelphia police lieutenant in the department's elite Highway Patrol unit. Josey was fired by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey last fall after a video that appeared to show Josey striking a woman at a Puerto Rican Day celebration went viral on YouTube. Aida Guzman, 39, was pursued by Josey on Sept. 30 as she walked away from a group of police officers near 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue, moments after someone in a nearby crowd tossed an unknown liquid at a group of cops.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia police officer seen on videotape slapping a woman and knocking her to the ground after last year's Puerto Rican Day Parade in North Philadelphia, has gotten his job back, police said. Jonathan Josey was reinstated Monday, a Police Department spokesman said. Josey, a decorated veteran of the force, was seen on video knocking Aida Guzman to the ground as she crossed a street after the annual parade on Sept. 30, 2012. Josey said he accidentally hit Guzman while trying to swipe a beer bottle from her hand when a crowd threw bottles at police making an arrest.
NEWS
July 6, 2013 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 10 a.m. neared and Magnolia's Fourth of July celebration prepared to commence, the skies threatened to rain on the borough's parade. But for at least one day, the region survived without a storm, and as the sun began to peer through the clouds Thursday morning, South Jersey residents hit the streets to celebrate. Communities throughout the area held parades and festivals for Independence Day. Just after 10 in Magnolia, nearly a mile of Evesham Avenue, from St. Gregory's Church to Albertson Memorial Park, was closed so people could watch the parade.
NEWS
June 25, 2013
For a slide show of the parade, see www.inquirer.com/parade
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