Festive Made in America wraps day one

- Day one of Made in America is in the books. It’s the party of the summer and festival goers are already gearing up for performances by Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Diplo. 

The mood of the festival built like a crescendo, from a happy laid back vibe to ear-splitting screams and cheers for big name acts, including Philly’s own Meek Mill.

As night fell, the stars shining brightest in Philadelphia were all seen from the Parkway. The biggest names in hip-hop and R&B taking the stage for Made in America. The supernova here homegrown of course – the city’s beloved Meek Mill performing just after 8 p.m.

For first time festival goer Gary Winthorpe, the entire experience was the draw. After a summer hiccup between city officials and concert promoters briefly threatened Made in America’s seven-year juggernaut on the Parkway, revelers like Gary say they could not see this huge concert anywhere else.

 “The Parkway is an iconic feature of Made in America,” Winthorpe said. “It’s just not Made in America, at that point,” he added. 

“The Parkway is where it should be,” said another concert goer.

Despite concerns of rain, the weather held.

“It cleared up which was a blessing. The weather’s been great. Very fortunate for us,” that same concert goer commented.

Wykila and Brianna were of many who traveled to the city for the show. Their fashion – fun and functional.

“I’m getting a lot of compliments on these shades today,” Wykila said.

“They’re keeping the sun out and I look cool,” said Brianna.

Obviously, the goal is for everyone to have a safe, fun time. To that end, the city has a hotline set up for complaints and police say they have tried to ensure bright lighting in areas that have otherwise been dimly lit. The second and final day of Made in America includes headliners Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar.

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