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Seven Things to Know: Latino Philadelphia
Latino Culture & Population In The City Of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection
Strength In Numbers:
- The 2010 U.S. Census reported 187,611—that’s 12.3%—of Philadelphians are Latino.
• 121,643 Philadelphians are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent.
• 15,531 Philadelphians are Mexican or of Mexican descent.
• 3,930 Philadelphians are Cuban or of Cuban descent.
• 46,507 Philadelphians are of other Hispanic descent.
- El Centro de Oro, centered at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenues in Fairhill, is the city’s hub of Latino culture. It’s home to residents from almost every Latin American country, a strong concentration of Puerto Rican families, non-profit organizations and Latino-owned businesses.
- Each year, more than two million domestic leisure visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic/Latino origin (source: Longwoods International). The city’s major attractions, including the Independence Visitor Center, Barnes Foundation, Liberty Bell Center and The Franklin Institute, offer guides, maps and/or tours in Spanish.
Arts & Culture:
- Latino art thrives in Philadelphia.
• Taller Puertorriqueño, in El Centro de Oro’s new El Corazόn Cultural Center, has dedicated its gallery to Latin American and Caribbean art, with a permanent collection of works by Carlos Pascual, Daniel de Jesus, Marta Sanchez, Antonio Martorell and Ralfka González.
• The Central American and Mexican galleries of the Penn Museum feature ancient Mayan stone monuments from Piedras Negras in Guatemala and Caracol in Belize and Mayan hieroglyphic writing, painted pottery, figurines and jade carvings.
• South Street’s Eyes Gallery stocks a repository for works from Mexico, Peru and beyond—and is the sibling of the nearby Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a walk-in mosaic of Mexican sculptures, tile and mirror; Indigo Arts features fine folk and contemporary art from as Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua; New Image Art & Framing has works of magical realism by Cuban artist Orlando Quevedo; and East Passyunk Avenue’s RACSO Contemporary Arts features works by contemporary Latin American artists, including the neighborhood’s own Miguel Antonio Horn.
- Among the 3,800-plus murals that adorn walls and public spaces throughout the city thanks to the acclaimed Mural Arts Philadelphia are beloved works by artists Michelle Angela Ortiz, 9th Street Italian Market resident and advocate for immigrants’ rights, and Cesar Viveros, painter of The Sacred Now: Faith and Family in the 21st Century (also known as the Pope Francis mural), among others. Also not-to-be-missed: Fuego Nuevo at Germantown and Girard Avenues; Crusando el Charco at 5th and Norris Streets; Celebrando Nuestra Cultura at 5th and Somerset Streets. muralarts.org
- Philadelphia’s yearly festivals and parades typically include Carnaval de Puebla, South Philadelphia’s vibrant pre-Cinco de Mayo procession showcasing folk traditions from the Mexican state (cancelled in 2017). Semana Mexicana dedicates a week to Mexican culture, beginning with the raising of the bandera de México at City Hall, continuing with Mexican Restaurant Week and concluding with Cinco de Mayo parties in Center City and Kennett Square in Chester County. Spring brings the groundbreaking Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. Summer means the Hispanic Fiesta, Caribbean Festival and Mexican Independence Day Festival, part of the PECO Multicultural Series on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Hispanic Heritage Month stars El Centro de Oro’s Feria del Barrio, an outdoor celebration of Latino art and culture and the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival, drawing thousands to show island pride on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Food & Fun:
- Also thriving: The Latino food scene. Among its stars are “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, a Bears fan with more than a dozen popular restaurants, including Amada, Distrito, Volvér and the incredibly convenient to the NFL Draft site, Buena Onda. Chef Christina Martinez has achieved street-fare perfection, right down to handmade masa tortillas, at acclaimed South Philly Barbacoa. David Suro Piñera, a Guadalajara, Mexico native, is widely credited with introducing Philadelphia to upscale Mexican fare via Rittenhouse’s elegant Tequilas restaurant. He’s also the founder of artisan tequila brand Siembra Azul. Although it’s commonly referred to as the Italian Market, the blocks of vendors along South 9th Street from Fitzwater to Wharton Streets have recently become a top destination for tortas, tamales and tacos at Blue Corn, Los Taquitos de Puebla, Mole Poblano and fresh market Tortilleria San Roman, among others.
Destination Resources For Media:
- visitphilly.com/pressroom: Press releases about Philadelphia events and happenings, visitor stats, story ideas, high-resolution photos, vantage points and media contacts
- visitphilly.com/philly-te-ama: Spanish guide to Philly’s barrios, divertido, recorridos y guías
- philadelphiab-roll.com: High-definition b-roll library organized by topic
- twitter.com/visitphillypr: Just-for-media account focused on Philadelphia tourism news
- twitter.com/phillyteama: Tweeting out Philly’s tourism news, in Spanish, con cariño
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.
On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
2017 Flower Show And More Are Dutch In Philly
When 250,000 people attend the world’s largest indoor flower show in Philadelphia from March 11-19, 2017, they’ll visit the Netherlands too. The Philadelphia Flower Show attracts enthusiasts and experts in horticulture for competitions, workshops, celebrations, planted installations and, this year only, a vibrant sampling of the famously lush landscapes and plantings of the Dutch countryside. “Holland: Flowering the World” features the country’s eco-design, modern greening—and traditional windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. Beyond the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Flower Show patrons can experience Philadelphia’s Dutch connections.
- Noord eetcafe – The city’s first Dutch-inspired dining room belongs to a chef whose parents came
2017 LGBT Events In Philadelphia
Since holding the nation’s first major LGBT rights protest some 50 years ago, Philadelphia has continued to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.
The city offers a full calendar of events in 2017, including a handful of visiting national expos, like the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in October. These are the icing atop the city and region’s annual pride celebrations, weekly bashes in bars across the Gayborhood and cutting-edge performing arts with LGBT twists. Here’s a look at the best events of 2017, including...
Rocky: Forty & Fabulous
Forty years ago next month, the world witnessed the set-in-Philly birth of the ultimate, all-American underdog flick. On November 21, 1976, Rocky brought to life the glorious grit of Philadelphia’s favorite fictional son. But Rocky Balboa won more than the hearts of filmgoers: Sylvester Stallone’s creation earned 10 Academy Award nominations—and ultimately won three, including Best Film and Best Director—led to six sequels, grossed more than $1 billion dollars and showed off a tough-love side of Philly whose legend has persisted to this day. Sure, the city’s skyline, cultural scene, restaurants and reputation have dramatically evolved since Rocky’s debut—but Philadelphia...
Philadelphia Fetes Community And Culture This Fall
With the opening of a new center for Latino arts and culture (El Corazόn Cultural Center), a day of car-free city streets (Philly Free Streets) and oodles of festivals celebrating everything from fungi to films to first-person storytelling, Philadelphia coasts into autumn with a calendar chock full of fun.
More time to stay means more time to play. To maximize the season’s offerings, visitors can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at visitphilly.com.
- Urban Axes introduces the newest craze from Canada to Philadelphia with the opening of the nation’s first indoor
15 Things To Know: LGBT Philadelphia
Marks Of Pride:
- On July 4, 1965, Independence Hall was the site of the United States’ first major LGBT rights demonstration. A state historical marker at 6th and Chestnut Streets commemorates this peaceful protest and the four that followed each July 4 through 1969, known collectively as the Annual Reminders. nps.gov/inde, phmc.state.pa.us
- Nearly 70 rainbow street signs proudly adorn the Gayborhood, a Center City neighborhood of LGBT restaurants, bars, businesses and homes spanning 11th to Broad Streets and Pine to Chestnut Streets. Another neighborhood notable: rainbow crosswalks, at 13th and Locust Streets.
- Giovanni’s Room is
Beer Gardens & Outdoor Drinking Spaces Bloom In Philly
There’s only one place for beer lovers to be this summer, and that’s Philadelphia, where beer gardens abound and where craft beer is king. In past years, the city earned countless awards and glowing reviews for its outdoor drinking spaces. This year, these warm-weather venues are back—better, bigger and more numerous than ever. Among the most attention-grabbing: Spruce Street Harbor Park, a bustling oasis celebrating its third year on the Delaware River, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Gardens, located in two different spots this year, and the highly anticipated SkyGarten, an alfresco German beer hall 51 stories up.
A Tale Of Two Host Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions
While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.
Both destinations have a loyal fan base; residents love their respective city’s arts and culture, history, music and food, and visitors clamor over much of the same. Here’s a look...
Only in Philly, Only During the DNC
Philadelphia, the country’s first World Heritage City, is all in for the Democratic National Convention. Museums and attractions around the city are getting in the red, white and blue spirit with political-themed events, exhibitions and specials. As convention delegates head to the Wells Fargo Center to cast their votes for a nominee, here are 19 ways locals and visitors can cast their votes for fun:
1. The National Constitution Center’s timely Headed to the White House gives people the scoop on the electoral process, from the moment a candidate announces his/her campaign to the presidential swearing-in ceremony.
The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Mexican Modernism Exhibit Gives Visitors Reasons To Explore City's Mexican Connections
Art lovers are saying viva el arte to the eagerly anticipated exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 25, 2016 through January 8, 2017. A first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mexico City’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, this large-scale show features paintings, prints, books, broadsheets and many works relating to major mural projects—perfect for Philadelphia, boasting more than 3,800 murals on walls all over the city. The show includes pieces from legends Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and important contemporaries such as Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo) and...