PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has announced its upcoming summer program season — and ongoing improvements to Philadelphia’s waterfront.

A mariachi band played on the River Stage on Thursday afternoon, just one sample of what’s in store for the upcoming, free, multicultural festival series at Penn’s Landing.

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In addition to the entertainment, Mayor Michael Nutter says, there are major improvements in the works along the waterfront to make it a first-class destination.

“There is a lot of concrete out here, and quite frankly we need a little more green.  And the project is supposed to start very, very soon,” he said.  “Next week you are going to see an incredible Race Street pier [see related story].  It is just fantastic, and it’s going to bring more people down to Philadelphia.”

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Chanting and throwing flower petals onto the stage was a group of Buddhist monks representing the city’s Cambodian community (above).  They blessed the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s upcoming season.

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Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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