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April 27, 2019

Photos: Philly's mysterious Furnace Party

Here's how people celebrated one of the city's buzziest events of the year

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An attendee wears a mask to Saturday's vacant lot party in Brewerytown.

The mysterious Furnace Party on Saturday drew hundreds of people from all over the Philadelphia region to a vacant lot at 27th Street and Girard Avenue. Some drinking a special "Do Attend" beer. Others were prepared to grill out and listen to tunes on a sunny, breezy day.

PhillyVoice staffers Thom Carroll and Brian Hickey were on scene to document Philly's most-talked-about event since the Eagles' Super Bowl parade.

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The man who goes by ABBA arrives at Furnace Party. He is the apparent author of the mysterious letter that captivated the city for weeks.

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For some, the Furnace Party was Halloween in April. Here, one attendee wears a shark costume.

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The Furnace Party at 27th and Girard in Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood drew hundreds to a vacant lot.

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An attendee wears a mask to Saturday's vacant lot party in Brewerytown.

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People check out the goings-on at the big event.

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A bulldozer attends the Furnace Party.

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This is Alvonia Smith. She typed the Furnace Party letter months ago. She said the man behind it – who she will not name beyond ABBA – is supposed to attend the event.

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Do Attend, Crime and Punishment's double IPA, looks a bit like a glass of fresh orange juice. Taps opened early for Saturday's gathering at 27th Street and Girard Avenue in Brewerytown.

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Xavier Synnestvedt of Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County, dressed as a welder, was told about the Furnace Party by his religion teacher.

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Crime and Punishment Brewing’s draft list, including the Do Attend double IPA to mark Saturday's event at a nearby lot in Brewerytown.

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Emily Prigmore and Taylor Poticher were the first two to arrive at the Furnace Party site on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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Fairmount resident Ted Gardner, a regular at the Crime & Punishment brewery, got his Do Attend shirt from Amazon.

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Ninety minutes before the appointed time of noon, the Furnace Party had drawn its first attendees to the vacant lot at 27th and Girard in Brewerytown on Saturday.

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Joel Todd of East Falls created a website in anticipation of Saturday's Furnace Party. He will attend with a group of friends and a 'drinking chaperone' who responded to a Craigslist ad.

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The Furnace Party is set for noon Saturday on an empty lot in Brewerytown.