Saturday we had spent a good chunk of the day at Independence Hall waiting to hear the Pope speak. We had made no plans for the evening and figured we would laze around. We tried to relax at the apartment, but it was not working. This great city to explore and continuous television coverage of the Pope’s visit prompted us to head out to the festival of families.
Security lines took much longer at night and I am not sure why. There actually seemed to be less people in line with us and I know the wind was playing havoc on the metal detectors. I set it off twice and I had nothing metal on my pants. So then I got to be wanded to be sure I had nothing on me. Cannot blame them for being extra cautious these days.
It was around 7:30 but looking pretty dark for all the pictures. The orderly piles of trash surprised me. Usually in large cities its just dumped all over after an event. People just stacked it up neatly filling plastic bags when they could that were left for trash.
We had several blocks to roam while still being able to see the huge screens put up for people to watch the Pope. We saw Andrea Bocelli sing, I am a huge fan of his talent. Amazing to hear him sing the Lord’s Prayer. Laughed at Mark Wahlberg as he lead the event and listened to Aretha Franklin sing. The Pope’s evening speech on family was fantastic. He was funny and people were going crazy over it. It was refreshing to see so many families and young people at the Festival of Families.
Here is a link to the speech: Pope Speech Festival of Families
Here is a link to Andrea Bocelli singing: Andrea Bocelli
Afterward we checked out the Cathedral and the Mary undo-er of knots Grotto.
It was a beautiful night and many groups were camping out by the street for the Mass the next morning after the festiaval. Daughter was having a good time with the fellow teens and was in no hurry to leave. This evening was my favorite part of the weekend and it was nothing we had planned on attending. The food trucks and friendly people added to the fun experience and I am so glad we went. Everyone was sharing seats, blankets and water like a huge block party of strangers.