This past weekend, thousands gathered at the intersection of Trenton Avenue and Norris Street to cheer on a parade of human-powered sculptures participating in this year’s Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival.
Coinciding with the event’s 10th anniversary, PFCU is proud to serve as the first-ever title sponsor of this unique and whacky Philadelphia tradition, which annually attracts hundreds of local artists, musicians, food vendors and spectators to enjoy a wonderfully bizarre parade of man-powered sculpture floats.
On Saturday, May 16th, onlookers cheered for their favorite derby teams as dozens of creatively-themed vehicles of all shapes and sizes romped through Kensington. Participants crossed over man-made obstacles and eventually plowed through the infamous mud pit finish line.
Teams were judged on the fun and ingenuity of each sculpture float, competing in the categories of Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown and the esteemed Judge’s Choice Award.
2015 marks the first year that PFCU partnered with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation and the East Kensington Neighbors Association to sponsor what has become a Philadelphia tradition, while also bringing fresh and exciting opportunities for participants and attendees. Beyond the typical hijinks of the annual event, this year included expanded involvement for kids and students, giveaways for event attendees and several live bands.
As newer residents to the Kensington community, we’re happy to support our neighbors during the “best day in the neighborhood” and look forward to being a part of this fun and creative event for several years to come.
If you missed the derby this past Saturday, be sure to mark your calendars for 2016!
Derby teams assemble with their sculpture floats - costume-clad and ready for action
The finish line: a thick pit of mud ends the ride
We enjoyed spending time with fellow community members and handed out gifts to event attendees
Pictured from left to right are: Eugerta Saraci, Business Development Specialist, Theresa Manzi, Business Development Specialist, Kevin Biederman, Business Development Manager, and Karen Eavis, Communications Specialist