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Day 1 of Made in America festival wraps up

For the second year in a row, the Ben Franklin Parkway was packed as people celebrated Labor Day weekend at the Made in America fesitval.
August 31, 2013 9:29:14 PM PDT
Saturday was Day 1 of Made in America this Labor Day weekend and people just couldn't get enough.

"It's the City of Brotherly Love, where else would you want to spend your Labor Day weekend, right here in Philly," said Karen Cutts.

More than 40 acts on four stages and 120,000 people - all here to enjoy the two day festival along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

It's the second year in a row and thousands of people came from across the country to experience it.

"I'm loving it. It's so many different kinds of people, so many different kinds of music, it's something for everybody it's awesome," said Dana Simmons.

"We're the oldest people here we've decided and we've had just as much of a good time as anyone, it's been great," said Julie Knipfer.

Earlier in the day, rappers Flavor Flav, Chuck D and the rest of hip hop group Public Enemy had the crowd going.

With 120,000 tickets sold this weekend compared to the 80,000 last year, security is tight.

"We feel confident what they have inside as well as what we've put out in place outside the perimeter that we're prepared for anything that may arise but again we are not expecting anything like that," said Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel, Philadelphia Police Department.

As the sun went down, Empire of the Sun went up on stage and the electronic music duo brought a large crowd to the parkway.

French alternative rock band Phoenix says this festival, which is streaming live on YouTube, is one of a kind.

"To play here, there's a lot of history here. To play in the heart of the city, it's unique, it's very unique," said Christian Mazzalai.

The festival was the brainchild of rapper Jay-Z, who was enjoying the show before his wife Beyonc?, the Saturday night headliner, took the stage.

"I think it's great if they're in Philadelphia, then that means there are nothing but good things happening," said George Davis.

Made in America wraps up Sunday night with headliner Nine Inch Nails performing.


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