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South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival, Philadelphia, May 20-21

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The two-day affair was a one-of-a-kind celebration in the nation’s oldest outdoor market. There was food and fun, street vendors, live entertainment and contests. Other highlights included the traditional Procession of Saints, the famous Grease Pole and the Philly Cheesesteak competition.

The Grease Pole event captures everyone’s attention as competitors try to reach the top. | PHOTO BY KATHRINE KUO


Italian-themed shirts were popular festival purchases. | PHOTO BY ANDREA DIFABIO


The crowd gets into the spirit of the music pouring from the entertainment tent. | PHOTO BY KATHRINE KUO


The Procession of the Saints down Ninth Street. | PHOTO BY KATHRINE KUO


This photo speaks for itself! Who’s hungry for cheesesteak? | PHOTO BY KATHRINE KUO

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