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December 30, 2016

Philly lights up Boathouse Row for 6th night of Hanukkah

Boathouse Row served as a giant menorah for the 6th night of the Jewish holiday

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The Vesper and Malta Boat Clubs act as the shamash of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation sponsored Boathouse Row menorah. Photographed Thursday, December 29, 2016.

More than 50 people came out Thursday night along Martin Luther King Drive to watch Boathouse Row twinkle to life with the traditional colors representing Hanukkah. 

Earlier in the month, Mayor Jim Kenney made a promise to celebrate the diverse religious and cultural holidays of the season by recognizing Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah on the city’s behalf. 

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, marked the sixth night of the Hanukkah celebration.

From Dec. 16th through the 23rd, Boathouse Row was lit up red, green, silver and gold, in honor of Christmas. At the top of every hour, the lights were programmed to display a five-minute light show. New this year, from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Eve, Boathouse Row is boasting white and blue in honor of Hanukkah. The idea is to turn the houses into one of the largest representations of the menorah in the nation. 

“We hope this event will catch on and we get an even bigger turnout next year,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell.

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