PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Two days, over 100,000 people and 71 acts from up and comers to internationals superstars is wrapping up on the Parkway.
Just a month ago, Made in America, the event that has become a Philadelphia tradition, was in jeopardy of being canceled or moved by the city. But, the crowd, representing great diversity, seemed to understand the event can be a logistical nightmare and an inconvenience for the local residents, but even still, they want it to stay.
“It’s always fun. We’ve come every year and it’s always a good time. Good time to hang out and see some artists,” said one festival goer.
“You know what, people come out and it’s different here. Everybody gets along. It’s nice, they should never move it. This is tradition. Leave it right here,” said another festival goer.
It’s not surprising that people on the inside, who saw not only music, but nonprofits, various social activities and what felt like a city of entertainment were supportive.
What was a little surprising was a group of residents who live directly across the street and each year have to have their own party to go with the big party on the Parkway.
“We realize that we were right in the middle of Made in America, like this was going to be our front yard. And, we’re just like, you know what? Let’s get our friends over, get a keg, have a good time and enjoy the last weekend of the summer,” said the resourceful resident.
And so regardless of whether they speak for the whole neighborhood, their voice won out. 2018 Made in America is coming to a close. But, 2019, 20 and more gives fans something to look forward to for the foreseeable future.