Philadelphia, PA - Hop on down to South Street Headhouse District for some FREE, egg-citing family fun during the 87th annual Easter Promenade on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Come dressed in Sunday Best and promenade down South Street in this grand and popular tradition that is the region's largest event on Easter Sunday.
Master of ceremonies Henri David returns to lead the parade from the corner of Passyunk Avenue/South Street down to Headhouse District (2nd Street) at 12:30pm. Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the Bunny Hop, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail and much more. Bring your camera and stick around to meet the Easter Bunny himself, and see who wins the best dressed contests! The parade itself kicks off at 12:30pm with judging until approximately 2:00pm.
Children and adults can enter to be crowned Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle or Best Easter Bonnet – even your pet can win big if he or she is looking spiffy! Celebrity judges will announce the winners in at least 12 categories. Past categories have included:
- Best Dressed Baby (Under 2 years)
- Best Dressed Little Girl (2-5 years)
- Best Dressed Little Boy (2-5 years)
- Best Dressed Young Girl (6-12 years)
- Best Dressed Young Boy (6-12 years)
- Best Dressed Teen Girl (13-19 years)
- Best Dressed Teen Boy (13-19 years)
- Best Dressed Woman (20+ years)
- Best Dressed Man (20+ years)
- Best Dressed Family
- Best Dressed Pet
- Best Easter Bonnet
- Best South Street Razzle Dazzle
Invited speakers and judges to date include Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla, State Representative Brian Sims and WDAS FM radio personality Patty Jackson, Retrospect manager Erin Kennedy and Fabric Row's Oxyomoron owner Monica Monique.
Don't miss this FREE family event, filled with fun and surprises! Come to South Street Headhouse District before the Promenade or stay afterwards to enjoy a spring brunch at one of South Street's brunch hot spots.
For more information, visit www.southstreet.com or call 215-413-3713. Follow the Promenade fun on Twitter and Instagram at @officialsouthst#easterpromenade
Easter Promenade Specials:
Brauhaus Schmitz will be open and serving up it full menu plus Easter Brunch specials including Pfannkuchen (German crepes, hazelnut, chocolate Joghurt filling, fresh berries, mint), Rabbit Benedict (Two poached eggs, rabbit confit smokey hollandaise, brioche, asparagus), Osterschinken (Dark rye open faced sandwich, house-cured Easter ham goat cheese, truffle honey, grilled cauliflower), American Breakfast (Two eggs any style, bacon, fried potatoes, toast), Bavarian Breakfast (Warm Bavarian brezel, weisswurst hard boiled egg, sweet mustard) and other tempting offerings. (Menu available in the folder of images.)
The Twisted Tail gives you a prime sidewalk seat for the Easter Promenade stage and judging of the best bonnets! Enjoy the show with a cocktail in hand and specials for those hungry little rabbits.The Twisted Tail will be serving a decadent Easter Brunch Buffet with a cornucopia of seasonal brunch items. Highlights include multiple Chef stations: carved Porchetta, Spring Leg of Lamb, omelets, and waffles. Displayed food will include Bagels and Breakfast Pastries, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp cocktail, Spring vegetables, Fresh Fruit, and Mini Desserts. Reservations available by phone or via OpenTable. *Credit Card required to secure reservation and 48 hours notice is required for cancellation. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included. Discounts and Promotions cannot be applied to holiday menus. Menus are subject to change due to availability.
Whetstone Tavern will host Easter Brunch and spring cocktails at 5th and Bainbridge - with indoor and outdoor seating in the nice weather. The menu will include Shrimp and Grits, Eggs Benedict, Duck Confit and Butternut Squash Hash, Steak and Eggs, Drunken Monkey Pancakes and more. Also, enjoy bottomless mimosas for only $25.00
The Sweet Life Bakeshop will be open on Easter Sunday with Easter Cupcakes (baby chicks and rabbits), carrot cake on special, lemon bars on special - and of course, signature banana cream pudding!
The Good King Tavern will be open and serving up brunch favorites like Eggs in their Nest, red wine poached eggs in a potato nest as well as the “Offal” Sandwich featuring roasted sweetbreads, gruyère, egg with a sauerkraut aioli.
Bainbridge Street Barrel House for juicy burgers, plates of mussels, fresh crisp salads, smoked pulled pork or anything in between. Plus, for the grown-ups look for one of the city’s largest selection of craft drafts, ciders and more on tap.
Pizzeria Stella - Located across the street from the Easter Promenade judging stage, Pizzeria Stella will offer wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas and a large variety of antipasti. Every year, Pizzeria Stella is a family favorite - and if the weather is nice, dine in their extensive outdoor seating area.
Plenty Cafe - Enjoy all day lite bites, sandwiches, salads, breakfast favorites, baked goods, cheese and charcuterie, cocktails, coffee service, dessert and more.
Philadelphia's South Street Guide - welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert and galleries and performance spaces help make South Street the place where everyone meets.