What happens when you shut down 4 blocks of Broad Street in the heart of Philadelphia? Chaos but mostly a really awesome festival called the PIFA Street Fair. From Chestnut to South Street, Broad was lined with food vendors, street performers, carnival rides and so much more to celebrate the end of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, a 16 day event hosted by the Kimmel Center to . At first, it was so overwhelming. Where do you even begin when there's so much going on?
Not every day do you see a huge Ferris wheel along one of the busiest streets in Philly. If rides weren't your cup of tea, there were a few amazing street performances going on at any given time. They were easy to spot by the large crowds that circled around. The best way to describe the first performance is strange but fascinating. Two performers on stilts, resembling birds, walked through the crowd and posed for photos with children. The feathers were so vibrant and luscious, and the performers moved with such ease and grace.
Next up was the living vine performance. Two female performers were completely covered with vines, leaves and grapes, while standing on stilts. Their movements were so smooth and elegant, your attention was immediately captured. The strength and balance needed to not only stand with stilts attached to your arms and legs, but move with such grace at the same time are incredible. The makeup on their faces completely the look and added such a fierce element to the overall peaceful performance. At one point they even arched their bodies and created an ivy tunnel for children to pass under. At one point, a guy behind me said, "and that's how grapes are made" during their dancing and it took all I had to not bust out laughing.
There were even zip lines that sent people flying through the air! If live music is more up your alley, the stage at Chestnut had various performances.
The coolest part was the fact that Broad Street was covered in grass, which gave these sections a nice park vibe which was refreshing. Who needs Coachella when you've got all the right vibes here in Philly for free?
One of my favorite things about Philly is the sense of community it has for such a big city. This might be my favorite photo of the day. Of course there are assholes in any city but the friendly people like this make it all worth it.
The cutest part of the whole day was watching this group of children pet the koi fish. Yes, you read that correctly, they were petting the fish like a petting zoo. The one smaller kid was letting them suction onto his fingers and he was having the time of his life. There's nothing like kids to remind you to appreciate the little things in life. Joy can be created anywhere.