On September 28, 1918, 200,000 people gathered on Broad Street for the 4th Liberty Loan parade. Was the parade really responsible for the deaths of 20,000 people? Philadelphia's public health experts give us the answer.
One hundred years on, take part in a parade like nothing you've seen before. Sign up to learn more: https://spitspreadsdeath.com
A procession of glowing white light travels along Broad Street at dusk. Hundreds of shadows in the failing light. Cell phones held aloft. The sound of choral voices drifts up into the night sky. You stop for a moment and catch your breath. The sculptures illuminate you, your friends and loved ones, before you move off again.
Join us for an interactive parade on September 28, 2019. Sign up: https://spitspreadsdeath.com
HISTORY OF THE PARADE
The worst flu in history came to Philadelphia in 1918. 20,000 people were dead within six months.
A century later artists Blast Theory and the Mütter Museum bring a parade of light and sound to the streets of the city to commemorate this devastating event. Take a look at the project website at https://spitspreadsdeath.com
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
On September 28th join us to remember the Philadelphians who lost their lives to the flu and to pay tribute to today's health workers who keep us safe.
The parade is for everyone. Bring your grandmother, your kids and your dog. If you have connections to healthcare or you just know what it feels like to be sick, walk with us.
Spits Spreads Death: The Parade is created by Blast Theory and commissioned by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Major support for Spit Spreads Death has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the Groff Family Memorial Trust and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
ABOUT BLAST THEORY
We’re artists based in the UK creating interactive art. We have shown our work at Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and the Walker Art Center. We make science fictions films, apps and online games. Take a look at our website: blasttheory.co.uk
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