Thursday, July 10, 2008
Cira Centre mgmt appologizes to Welcome America
The management team at Cira Centre, one of Philadelphia's flashiest new office towers, has issued an apology to the Sunoco Welcome America Organizing Committee. The committee is responsible for planning Philadelphia's July 4th celebration including one of the largest fireworks displays in the country.
On the night of July 4th crowds gathered along the parkway and its side streets for the massive pyrotechnic show that fills the air behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
At the same time just across the Schuylkill River Cira Centre management activated a huge light show with its millions of twinkling, blinking and flashing lights.
"They more twinkle than blink or flash. But there is quite a cadence and a rhythm that makes it quite rhythmical," said one onlooker.
Crowds along the river became mesmerized by the show and onlookers situated on the Parkway, waiting for fireworks, began to make their way to a better vantage point of the Cira Centre.
"Even before we set off one firework the Parkway was practically empty. I wanted to go over there and pull the plug out from the...socket...that...powers all those lights. I don't know if there's one giant plug or what. If there was a switch I'd look for that. I mean I'll be the first to admit that they are damn cool," said Welcome America owner, Jessica Gilsby.
Gilsby said she accepted the apology and said the two sides agreed that the Cira Centre will be able to do one light show on July 3rd of next year. "We had to give them one day near the holiday. Those lights are so damn blinky and flashy."