July 02, 2019
Philadelphia is honoring hometown songstress Patti LaBelle by naming a portion of Broad Street in Center City after her.
In a ceremony that will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, South Broad Street between Locust and Spruce Streets will be renamed "Patti LaBelle Way."
The singer discussed her excitement on social media. She said, "I love you, Philly. Thank you for this moment."
The ceremony will take place as part of Wawa Welcome America Festival near Broad and Spruce Streets. LaBelle is slated to speak at the ceremony.
I'm so excited that Philadelphia's Broad Street between Spruce & Locust is being renamed #PattiLaBelleWay during the city's Wawa Welcome America Festival! Please join me for the dedication ceremony on Tuesday, July 2nd at 4PM on the southwest corner of Broad & Spruce Streets! 😘 pic.twitter.com/5g9iysq6Nb— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) June 27, 2019
Born and raised in Southwest Philly, the LaBelle is known for her hit songs "Lady Marmalade," "New Attitude," and "On My Own." She received BET's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She guest-starred in several popular shows, including "Empire" and "American Horror Story: Freak Show."
LaBelle has also become well-known as a celebrity chef, hosting her own cooking show and releasing several cookbooks. Her cakes and pies are available for purchase at Walmart.
This isn't the first time the city has honored Philly artists. In 2017, Broad Street between Christian and Carpenter Streets was renamed "Boyz II Men Boulevard" in honor of Philly R&B group Boyz II Men.