PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is presenting its first “Family Arts Festival,” and it’s free.

The event, called “Philadelphia On Parade,” will feature more than 1,000 performers, including students from the Milton Rock School For Dance Education.

READ MORE: 4th Of July Parade, Concert Taking Over Philadelphia Today

This morning at the Rock School, at Broad and Washington Streets in South Philadelphia, Catherine Cahill, president and CEO of the Mann Center (standing at right in photo), described the Saturday, May 21st event.

“This is an all-day, free family festival of fun.   We will have five stages throughout our fourteen-acre campus alive with music, dance, all kinds of wonderful programs — including a children’s pavilion with face-painting and circuses,” she said.

The festival, which runs from 11 AM to 6 PM, is sponsored by the PNC Foundation through their “Arts Alive” program (see related story).

“The economic drive that the arts bring to the city and region are unbelievable,” said Bill Mills, regional president for PNC (standing at left).

READ MORE: 6-Year-Old, 7-Year-Old Injured In Wilmington Shooting

Mills says he was most impressed by the Rock School dancers, which included 11-year-old Meredith (fifth from right in photo), who says dancing is a big part of her life.

“I really love it!” she said today.

You can find more information is at

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Fabulous Fourth Of July Forecast