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Uncover Philadelphia’s Hidden Pop Culture Secrets

Travellers planning a future visit to Philadelphia can discover a number of hidden pop culture secrets across the city. Philadelphia CVB has shared three insider facts few visitors to the city may be aware of.
‘It's Time to Sit Back and Unwind’ like Will Smith in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park
Visitors to Philadelphia will be aware of ‘The Fresh Prince’s famous West Philadelphia heritage, but many may not know that Philadelphia native Will Smith chose the city’s Fairmount Park as the location to film the music video for his 1991 Summertime hit with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The iconic music video takes viewers on a brief tour through the park, passing the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row and shows the group settling in at Belmont Plateau for a summer barbeque. Today, the grassy space in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park offer some of the best skyline views of Philadelphia and is popular with locals across the city, from families looking to meet for barbeques to teenagers meeting to play sports.

Try the Philly Cheesesteaks Approved by John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Barack Obama
Eating a Philly cheesesteak is a rite of passage in Philadelphia and thanks to the abundance of cheesesteak sellers across the city, each local will have their own personal favourite. Travellers eager to follow in the footsteps of well-known celebrities should head to Pat's King of Steaks since the self-proclaimed ‘inventor of the cheesesteak’ is loved by singer John Legend and his supermodel wife Chriss Teigen, who reportedly shipped orders of the sandwich to LA for Chrissy’s birthday last year. Those with presidential tastes should head to Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies and Cheesesteaks in Reading Terminal Market as this is where Barack Obama indulged in a cheesesteak and mint chocolate chip ice cream during a visit to the city.
Get Gritty and Support the Philadelphia Flyers from Afar 
UK sports lovers may not be familiar with the city’s ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers. The team’s seven-foot, fluffy and orange mascot, Gritty, is well-known across the U.S. for his appearances on popular late-night comedy programmes and now has over 300,000 Twitter followers online. Shortly after his debut in 2018, locals in Philadelphia began to embrace Gritty and in 2019 he was announced by the National Hockey League Player’s Association as the league’s number one mascot.
For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.discoverPHL.com.  

 

Posted by: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Posted on: 20/08/2020

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