All events will occur rain or shine and are free,
except the Hero Thrill Show, which raises money for the
education of survivors of deceased police and fire personnel killed
in the line of duty.
Boxing Exhibition - Wednesday September
6 - JFK Plaza (LOVE Park), 15th St & JFK Boulevard,
In the true tradition of Rocky, 12 boxing slugfests
three 2-minute rounds will take center stage in
an outdoor boxing exhibition showcasing more than 20 young hopefuls
and area fighters.
Rocky/Adrian Look-Alike Contest - Thursday,
September 7 - JFK Plaza (LOVE Park), 15th Street
and JFK Boulevard, noon to 2 p.m.
With songs from the soundtracks of Rocky movies as the
backdrop, Rocky-mania will hit championship pitch at Love
Park. Finalists of a Rocky and Adrian Look-Alike contest
will be announced and judged by a celebrity jury at LOVE Park.
Contestants are eligible to receive a Philly Overnight
hotel package, a miniature LOVE statue, and tickets to the premiere
of the new Rocky movie in December.
Plaques Dedication & ROCKY Statue Rededication
- Friday, September 8th , 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Philadelphia Art Museum vicinity, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philly Loves Rocky Week culminates with the return of hometown
hero Sylvester Stallone, who is scheduled to take part
in festivities citywide.
Plaques Dedication: Sylvester Stallone is expected
to appear at the dedication of plaques commemorating the deaths
of Police Officer Gary Skerski at 11 a.m. at Castor
Avenue and Arrott Street (4690 Castor Ave.) in Northeast
Philadelphia and fallen Firefighter James Miskal at
1 p.m. at Third Street and Spring Garden in Northern
Statue Dedication: At 6 p.m.,
the city will keep the Rocky hoopla rolling, with a statue
dedication featuring invited speakers Mayor John F. Street,
Philadelphia-born actor Sly Stallone and many dignitaries
in a star-studded ceremony to mark the new home of the Rocky
statue at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum. Frank
Stallone, Stallones brother-musician, and actors
Burt Young (Paulie in Rocky) and Joely
Fisher are scheduled to make appearances. The dedication will
be followed by the music of The Dont Call Me Francis
band and a showing on an outdoor movie screen of the original
Academy Award-winning Rocky saga near the steps of the
Hero Thrill Show - Saturday, September
9, noon to 9 p.m. outside the Wachovia Spectrum
Party for a cause in the grand finale of Philly Loves Rocky
Week. The thrills will be a mile a minute, as Sylvester
Stallone will be the grand marshal at the enhanced
2006 Hero Thrill Show.
Special guests Burt Young, Frank Stallone, Connie
Stevens and Joely Fisher, as well as many other radio
& tv personalities. The musical entertainment features Kenneth
Gamble and Leon Huffs Sound of Philadelphia
among many others. Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes and
Drums, the Police Highway Patrol Drill Team
and Fraternal Order of Police promise to be crowd-pleasers
in the traditional segment of the Thrill Show featuring
daredevil motorcycle-driven stunts. Proceeds support the education
of families of Philadelphia law enforcement personnel killed in
the line of duty.
Tickets are $10 and available at local police and fire
stations, or log onto www.HeroThrillShow.org
Big, big thanks to John
Fallon for preparing this report! - Craig