At least ten of the 16 string bands have committed to the February 22, 2015, event (which will miss Mardi Gras, February 17th, by a few days).
Archbishop Charles Chaput, the spiritual leader of more than one million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was principal celebrant of a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, on Logan Circle.
Lent – or 40 days of prayer, purification and sacrifice many Christians undertake in preparation for Easter – has begun, and if you were thinking about going cold-turkey with social media, this might change your mind.
Tomorrow marks Shrove Tuesday for members of the Catholic faith, the last day before the official start of Lent.
Hundreds of people took part in the lunch hour ceremony on Ash Wednesday, being reminded of their own mortality.
One local Episcopal church knows many people are too busy to go to church to get ashes, so they came up with an unusual way to help.
To celebrate the first Friday of Lent, the Archbishop of Philadelphia held a special service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City.