By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of people, egged on by the beautiful weather, flocked to the fifth annual 2nd Street festival in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties section on Sunday.
What is it about 2nd Street? The southern end has its New Year’s Day bacchanal and now there’s a mid-summer carnival on a northern stretch, from Germantown to Green, though instead of mummers and string bands, think hipsters and indie folk.
“It really is an example of what a community can do if it wants to bring arts and culture to the people of that community. It’s pretty wild,” said one festival-goer.
Levi Landis is executive director of the Philadelphia Folk Song Society, which books enough bands to keep four stages busy. There are also food trucks, crafts, vendors and lots of beer, though people-watching is a favorite activity.
“I like the diversity of city people. Everybody from every neighborhood I feel like has come out today,” said festival-goer Amy Hamilton.
One of the great things about Philadelphia during the summer is that pretty much every week there’s some event to go to and something like this where you can connect with your community and just have a good time.