Celebrating Easter in Philadelphia and beyond

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Easter Promenade on South Street. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on April 16. (WPVI)

Easter celebrations and services are underway across the region.

Philadelphia's 85th annual Easter Promenade got underway at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on South Street.

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Counting down to Philly's Easter Promenade: Bob Brooks reports during Action News at noon on April 16.


Action News found people from all walks of life dressed to impress, including youngsters.

"I'm wearing a flower dress with lace at the bottom and a bow in the middle," Paige Jenkins told us.

"This is her first time down here," said another little girl's proud grandfather. "Very special."

Before the promenade stepped off, the Philadelphia Freedom Band was warming up the crowd with the bunny hop.

"We love it," said Karen Little, referring to this annual favorite. "This is wonderful. They need to do this in every neighborhood - every neighborhood."

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Easter morning in Philadelphia: Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 10 a.m. on April 16.



Earlier in the day, Action News stopped by a number of Easter morning services.

The choir and singers were raising the roof at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Philadelphia's Mantua section.

The church is celebrating its 88th anniversary this year.

The Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square marked the holiday with a traditional service, as did the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Overbrook.

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Action News was at Easter morning services at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Overbrook.



Other congregations held services outdoors.

Action News was on Rittenhouse Square for an Easter morning observance organized by the Tenth Presbyterian Church.

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Action News was at Easter morning services in Cinnaminson, N.J. and Ocean City, N.J.



Meantime, one of the oldest Easter sunrise services in South Jersey was held at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson Township Sunday morning.

The multi-faith service is now in its 85th year.

People brought their blankets and lawn chairs outside on this beautiful Easter morning to take part.

And down at the Jersey Shore, an Easter Sunrise Service was held at the Music Pier on the boardwalk of Ocean City.

The traditional, non-denominational service included music and prayer as the sun rose above the ocean.

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