Philly Loves Rocky Week

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, noon-2 p.m.
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 Liberties.

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, Stallone’s 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 Don’t 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 Art Museum.

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 Huff’s “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