ABOVE PHOTOS: South Street Headhouse District (SSHD)
After two long years in hibernation, South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) returned for its 89th Annual Easter Promenade on April 17,and was a huge success.
This family-friendly event, which annually draws thousands of families and people to South Street, promised an afternoon of Easter-inspired fun for all who attend, and it delivered.
Attendees dressed up in their Sunday best got photos with the Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail and grabbed delicious bites at some of South Street’s iconic restaurants.
The Easter Promenade, known for the extravagant Easter costumes, was led by Henri David, the fantastical master of ceremonies, who is also known for his exuberance and particular skill in throwing the most magnificent parties.
The promenade hosted contests for people of all ages who wanted to dress up for the occasion.
All contestants received an Easter bag with delicious goodies thanks to Frankford Candy.
Nearly 200 infants, children, families, and pets entered the contest for categories such as Best Dressed Family, Best Dressed Pet, Best Bonnet, and Best South Street Razzle Dazzle.
The promenade ended at the new Headhouse Plaza (2nd and Lombard Streets) for the contest judging.
The contestants of the Easter Promenade’s best-dressed contest were judged by South Street business owners and friends such as Shannon Maldonado, owner of Yowie on S. 4th Street, a SSHD business; Monica Monique, owner of Oxymoron Fashion House on S. 4th Street, a SSHD business; Councilmember Mark Squilla (D-1st Dist.);Pa. House Rep. Mary Isaacson (D- 175th Dist.) and vocalist, actress and TV personality Jillian Pirtle.
Winners of the best-dressed contest were:
Best Dressed Boy (Ages 2-5) – Michael Borow
Best Dressed Girl (Ages 2-5) – Helena Andino
Best Dressed Boy (Ages 6-10) – Tristan Lee
Best Dressed Girl (Ages 6-10) – Lake Bryant-Pressley
Best Dressed Boy (Ages 11-17) – Barbier Elouan
Best Dressed Girl (Ages 11-17) – Dakori W.
Best Dressed Woman – Cynthia Young-Nelson
Best Dressed Man – Jason Donnelly
Best Dressed Family – Nace Mullen, Regina Mullen, Nace Mullen III, and Nuglett (family dog)
Best Dressed Pet – Ava the Yorkie Poodle
Best Easter Bonnet – Terry Gsell and Luis Martinez
Winners received gift cards to Ham + Bone, Head House Books, Moon + Arrow, NEWSBOY Hats, Philly AIDS Thrift, Queen & Rook, Scoop DeVille, Spread Bagelry / Cozette Pizza, & YOWIE.
It is safe to say that this event was truly one to remember. From the artistic egg hunt to the Easter Promenade, South Street provided a ton of fun for Philadelphia this past weekend.
For more information on this event and all things South Street, you can also follow South Street Headhouse District on Instagram, Twitter and like the Facebook page. For more information, visit: www.SouthStreet.com.