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Jan 27 2017

Seven Things to Know: Latino Philadelphia

Latino Culture & Population In The City Of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection

Strength In Numbers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:
  7. 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:

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, and, 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.

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Centro de Oro

The hub of Latino culture and life in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro (“The Golden Block”) is home to international non-profit organizations, third- and fourth-generation family-owned businesses and residents descending from almost every Latino country. Visitors to this lively enclave—just a short cab ride from Center City Philadelphia—can feast on authentic Latin/Caribbean dishes at Isla Verde, find inspiration in the work of Puerto Rican artists at Taller Puertorriqueño or feel their way through a flamenco dance lesson at Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

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May 1 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Region: Fast Facts


There are more than 4 million people residing in the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and more than 1.5 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the sixth-largest city in the country.


Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Center City Philadelphia.

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Feb 14 2017

2017 Flower Show And More Are Dutch In Philly

Beyond The World’s Largest Flower Show, Visitors Can Explore Philly’s Dutch Connections

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.

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Jan 23 2017

2017 LGBT Events In Philadelphia

Conferences, Celebrations, An International Opera Festival & Everyday Fun Pack The Calendar

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

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Rocky’s 40th Anniversary Is The Perfect Time To Visit Iconic Philly Sites

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Aug 29 2016

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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.

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15 Things To Know: LGBT Philadelphia

From Civil Rights Movement To Modern Living In City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection

Marks Of Pride:

  1. 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.,
  2. 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.
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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.

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