Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Never ones to let a good crowd go to waste, Philadelphia's independent artists have organized their own First Friday event, showing up with their tables and wares and parking themselves in every available spot on 2nd Street that isn't an art gallery.
This was my first attempt at a First Friday event -- to get a good spot on a nice day, you have to get there in the mid afternoon. We set up at around 2:30 p.m. and there was a decent crowd all day, but at around 7:00 p.m., it turned into madness. Crowds streaming up and down the sidewalk, trying to look at everything, blissfully ignoring the open container law (which, like the parking laws, seems to not be enforced on First Friday) and having a grand time.
Personally, I was glad to be safe behind my table. I've attended many a First Friday, and I likes a barrier, it keeps me from getting squashed.
Also, the local news was there, taping background for the weekend weather forecast. The reporter talked to most of the vendors along our block, but somehow I ended up on the news. You can watch it here (you just have to get through the forecast and chit-chat first).