From Politics to Concerts: Here Are Philadelphia’s Biggest Events of 2016

From witnessing political milestones to hosting concert festivals, Philadelphia was home to many events in 2016. Here is a list of the biggest events that occurred in Philadelphia this year.

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From witnessing political milestones to hosting concert festivals, Philadelphia was home to many events in 2016. Here is a list of the biggest events that occurred in Philadelphia this year.
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During the annual New Year’s Day celebration the Mummers marched throughout Market street with several vibrant performances for almost 12 hours. But the parade was marked by controversy after a few performances flew in the face of city efforts to make the century-old parade more diverse. Changes were ultimately made to the parade for this coming year.
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South Philly native Jim Kenny became Philadelphia’s 99th mayor after being sworn in on Jan. 4. In his first year, the former at-large city councilman’s passed a sweetened beverage tax.
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A historic blizzard dropped more than 2 feet of snow at the start of the year.
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More than 40,000 runners braved the wet weather conditions to participate in the 37th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run-- a 10-mile race.
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After a one-year absence, the Philadelphia Flyers returned to the NHL playoffs for the 2015-16 postseason. Unfortunately, the Broad Street Bullies fell to the No.1 seed Washington Capitals 2-4 in the first round of seven.
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The Philadelphia Eagles gave fans a hope for the future by cashing in their No. 2 first round pick for North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. The 6-foot-5 quarterback quickly amassed a huge following as many climbed aboard the Wentz Wagon.
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The five-hour Fourth of July jam consisted of several Philly-area artists, including Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr., Yazz the Greatest and Gamble and Huff. NBC10 and Telemundo62 broadcasted the free annual concert.
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Thousands swarmed into Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention in July. The four-day political event brought together politicians, celebrities and journalists from all over the nation to celebrate the nomination of America’s first female presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton. Naturally, the DNC also attracted scores of protesters.
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The two-day music celebration took place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway over Labor Day weekend. With dozens of top performers including Rihanna, Coldplay, Chance The Rapper, and DJ Khaled, the annual Budweiser-sponsored event attracted thousands of music enthusiasts.
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The annual marathon brought about 30,000 participants together to fight the cold temperatures in their 26.2-mile run. Among the 30,000 runners, the first one to complete the race finished in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
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The Temple football team has given fans in the Philly sports scene something to cheer about this fall/winter. The Owls went on a seven-game win streak before losing to Wake Forest in Tuesday’s Military Bowl.
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