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May 17 2007

PECO Multicultural Series Continues At Penn's Landing

Series of festivals celebrate the diversity that makes Philadelphia unique

Penn's Landing Corporation is proud to produce another season of free programming this year on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia’s premier riverfront entertainment destination. The 2007 Program Season, presented by Independence Blue Cross, will feature a diverse schedule of events including the eleven different multicultural festivals that make up the PECO Multicultural series. The annual PECO Multicultural Series will begin June 3, 2007 with the Portuguese Heritage Festival and continue throughout the event packed 2007 season concluding on September 16 with the Mexican Independence Day Festival.

This year the PECO Multicultural Series has expanded and diversified. The Portuguese Heritage Festival has returned for 2007. When the members of the community expressed an interest in producing a multicultural festival, Penn’s Landing Corporation embraced the opportunity to expand this series, which celebrates the different cultures which make Philadelphia unique.

Also new this year, Penn’s Landing Corporation is proud to welcome the Multicultural Affairs Congress of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as the new producer the Philadelphia Multicultural Arts and Music Extravaganza (formerly the African American Cultural Extravaganza) as part of this series. This well established organization will lend authenticity and diversity to this series.

Supporting the region’s diversity has been a longstanding goal for PECO, who has sponsored the multicultural festivals at Penn’s Landing for the past twelve years. “All of us at PECO are thrilled to return again to the waterfront to support the multicultural festivals,” said PECO president Denis O’Brien. “Penn’s Landing is a Philadelphia summertime tradition and the PECO Multicultural Series is a fun way for us to celebrate the wide range of diversity represented in our service territory.”

Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events and KYW Newsradio is a proud media partner for this series.

The schedule of the 2007 PECO Multicultural Series festivals is:

June 3 - Portuguese Heritage Festival, Noon to 7:00 p.m.,Great Plaza
June 9 - Islamic Heritage Festival, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza
June 16 - Asian Festival, Noon to 6:00 p.m., Great Plaza
June 23, 24 - Irish American Festival, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza

July 7, 8 - Hispanic Fiesta, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza
July 14 - Southeastern Cherokee Celebration, Noon to 6:00 p.m., Great Plaza

August 18 - Festival of India, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza
August 19 - Caribbean Festival, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza
August 25, 26 - Philadelphia Multicultural Arts and Music Extravaganza, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza

September 9 - Russian Mosaic Festival, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza
September 16 - Mexican Independence Day Festival, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Great Plaza

PECO is proud to be Philadelphia’s hometown energy company and one of the region’s most prominent civic supporters. PECO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and celebrating diversity inside and outside the Company.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 480,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2006, the company delivered 38.2 million megawatt-hours (Mwh) of electricity and 76.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to residential, business and institutional customers. PECO’s energy delivery services generated $5.17 billion in revenue for Exelon.

Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

Penn's Landing Corporation is the non-profit organization responsible for funding and producing public programming on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia’s Delaware Waterfront Park. Independence Blue Cross is the presenting sponsor of the 2007 Summer Season at Penn’s Landing. All events produced by Penn's Landing Corporation are FREE to the public and on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia’s premier riverfront entertainment destination.

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without our presenting sponsor Independence Blue Cross and the continued support of PECO, Bank of America, Pennsylvania Lottery, the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Live Nation, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

For more information on event locations and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit The Penn’s Landing Corporation website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.

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