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How to climb the greased pole at the Italian Market Festival

When the Eagles won the Super Bowl in February and Villanova took home the NCAA championship last month, Philadelphians shocked the world with their gravity-defying ability to scramble up poles greased with Crisco and hydraulic fluid. But what most people ... read more

No Super Bowl needed: grease pole tradition continues at Philly’s 9th Street Market

(Brad Larrison for WHYY) Tyler Dallas of South Philadelphia attempts to ascend the grease pole at the Italian Market Festival Sunday. (Brad Larrison for WHYY) An impromptu of team of strangers attempted to climb the grease pole at the Italian Market ... read more

The Scene: Italian Market Festival

Unlike on Super Bowl Sunday, the annual Italian Market Festival encourages you to climb up greased poles – and fast! The Grease Pole contest is just one of the many eccentric and exhilarating attractions at the nation's oldest outdoor market. Batter up ... read more

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The Italian Market Festival to Eagles Fans: Grease Up!

Look out, Philadelphia: The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival is this weekend, and you know what that means — greased poles ... to stick an Eagles flag at the top of the pole, and those who actually climb all the way up will have to bring it ... read more

Thanks, Super Bowl win! South Philly Italian Market Fest pole to get double the grease

After all, Philadelphians get plenty of opportunity to practice. Each spring, one of the main attractions at the annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival is a grease pole climbing contest. This weekend, the tradition will look a little different ... read more

Italian Market Festival returns – with a challenge to Eagles fans!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival returns this Saturday May ... the Eagles won Super Bowl LII are invited to try their hand(s) at the festival’s Grease Pole Climbing Competition. According to Gambino, “teams usually consists of 12 members ... read more

Road closures and festivals: your weekend guide to transit and travel

The Italian Market Festival is another big one coming to Philly this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the event will feature the greased pole climbing competition (both days, because no grease has ever deterred a Philadelphian from ... read more

15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival May 19 through May 20, 11 a.m. 919 S. Ninth St. Truly, one has not experienced the quirks of South Philadelphia until they’ve watched an ambitious few Philadelphians try to climb a lard-greased pole for meat ... read more

3 perfectly Philly street festivals kick the season into high gear – May 17-20, 2018

... Longo nears the top of the pole in the 1993 competition at the Italian Market Festival. (Photo provided) Known in Italian as Albero Della Cuccagna, grease pole climbing is one of the festival’s most outlandish offerings. On Saturday and Sunday ... read more


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