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On June 7th, I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Philly Pride Kick-Off Block Party. The block party marked the official start of Pride weekend here in Philadelphia, a whole weekend dedicated to celebrating the LGBT community, culminating in the annual LGBT Pride Parade. I normally don’t participate much in Pride, as I’m not one for crowds, but this year is special because it is the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and I wanted to be a part of it in some way.
June 12, 2019
American Airlines launched the first nonstop flight between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik, Croatia, on June 7, 2019, strengthening relations between these two World Heritage cities more than ever before. To celebrate this historic inaugural flight, Philadelphia and Croatian dignitaries joined forces to host three days of events commemorating the rich history and future partnership of the two cities. 
June 10, 2019
Additional $5 million contribution will fund Orchestra operations $55 million grant is the single largest gift in Philadelphia Orchestra history
June 6, 2019
For months, Philadelphians have been left wondering about the giant "golf ball" looking structure on the second floor of Comcast's new office location at 18th and Arch Streets. Reminiscent of the pearlescent Spaceship Earth globe in Disney’s Epcot, Comcast finally debuted the three-story installation on May 20, 2019, as the Universal Sphere, an immersive theater installation.
June 3, 2019
Philadelphia ranks as the third country with the most historic buildings, behind New York City and Los Angeles. The city is home to 67 National Historic Landmarks, ranging from the John Coltrane House to Fairmount Water Works, and has had a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Independence Hall – for 40 years. Preservation of these historic sites has not always been a priority, but change is on the horizon.
May 31, 2019
Thirty artisans from the Sichuan province of China came to Philadelphia and worked with local technicians to masterfully transform Franklin Square into an illuminated wonderland: the 2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival (中國彩燈節).
May 29, 2019
Educators are getting students in on this conversation as well, turning to podcasts as an additional resource for tackling complex social justice topics. Lessons on Inequality In Anthony Maida’s high school government classes, for example, students learn about school integration by listening to “The Problem We All Live With,” a 2015 series of episodes on the podcast This American Life.
May 29, 2019
Forty years after Independence Hall became a World Heritage Site, Philadelphia officials proclaimed World Heritage Day on Thursday. Mayor Jim Kenney made the proclamation during a ceremony at Independence Hall, in celebration of the landmark's designation as one of only 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States.
May 27, 2019
Forty years ago, in October 1979, Independence Hall became a UNESCO World Heritage site, the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the Greater Philadelphia region. With this designation, tourism and visits to historic Philadelphia and Independence Hall have skyrocketed and had a record number of visitors in 1987 with the Centennial Celebration of the establishment of the U.S. Constitution.
May 27, 2019
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians hosted an open house event on May 22, 2019, to celebrate its relocation to the fourth floor of 211 N. 13th Street. The event showcased the organization’s efforts to promote inclusivity for immigrants.
May 27, 2019