R&B legend and Philadelphia native Patti Labelle will have a street renamed in her honor at the WaWa Welcome America Festival on July 2 at 4 p.m.
What We Know:
- The 75-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter grew up in Southwest Philly, where she started her music career in the 1960s.
- Michael DelBene, CEO of Welcome America, Inc. said in a statement, “We’re excited to celebrate the indelible mark that Patti LaBelle has left on the City of Philadelphia, the performing arts community and future generations of artists that our city will produce with the street renaming in her honor.” DelBene added, “Patti LaBelle is a true trailblazer with a never fading passion for Philadelphia and its traditions.”
- A portion of Broad and Spruce streets, just south of City Hall along the Avenue of the Arts, will be named Patti LaBelle Way. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC10 and Telemundo 62.
- Labelle will also read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence in front of Independence Hall at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on July 4 at 10 a.m.
The festival, which starts on June 29, is free and features six days of food, music, and performances by Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Hudson.