Mayor Jim Kenney’s Inaugural Block Party

Guests dined at food trucks, danced along with mascots and DJs Jerry Blavat and Patty Jackson, and raised $650,000 for the Philadelphia School District

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Monday night Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney celebrated his installment as the 99th mayor at an inauguration party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It wasn’t your normal Inaugural Ball: It was billed as an invite-only “block party” with nine food trucks, picnic tables and every sports mascot in the city dancing on stage with DJs Jerry Blavat and Patty Jackson to the tunes of the Sounds of Philadelphia. Before the general admission block party, the new mayor held a fundraiser on the terrace level where guests paid $5,000 each to attend, with proceeds going to the Fund for the School District. It was announced at the event that $650,000 had been raised so far.

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HughE Dillon covers parties, events and more for Philadelphia magazine’s The Scene. You can follow him on Twitter at @iPhillyChitChat and visit his daily online social diary PhillyChitChat.com.