Reporting Matt Rivers
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By Matt Rivers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It was 36 acts on three stages Saturday for Day One of the 2013 Made In America Festival.
The headliner was the queen herself — Beyonce. She took to the stage just before things wrapped up Saturday to the cheers of thousands of fans who had waited hours to see her.
Everything started around 2 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Screams were drowned out only by the music, as crowds soaked up sun along the parkway.
” I think people get the real feeling of Philly,” Justin Walters, attending his first Made In america concert, said. “It’s a great city and i’m glad they did it right in the heart.”
Walters came down from New York to see the concert and the city.
“I love Philly and I like showing it off to my friends who haven’t been here as much and showing them what we have,” Lorn Aquandt said.
Whether they came from near or far, everyone came for the same reason — the music, which the performers appreciated.
“The crowd here is always energetic,” Dan Reynolds with the group, “Magic Dragons”, said. “People are real, they’re down to earth. It feels like America.”
And in the spirit of brotherly love, it’s been calm amidst the chaos.
“We had a very good crowd,” Philadelphia Police officer Kevin Bethel said. “The kids who came here were very well behaved. Nothing we couldn’t handle.”
Day Two of Made In America once again begins at 2 p.m Sunday, and goes on until 11 p.m.