A step in the right direction

    I’m amazed by how often I discover something new to like about Philadelphia.

    Today, it was Recovery Walk 2010, in which thousands of men, women and children strode along Market Street to show just how alive and well the recovery movement is in this region.

    The atmosphere was festive as a small Mummers band led the way from Penns Landing to Independence Mall and back. The marchers wore colored T-shirts bearing the name of their group; some had slogans on the back, such as “Recovery Just Do It,” “One Day at a Time” and “Celebrate Recovery.” People carried signs boasting of the number of years they’ve been clean and sober. The vibe was relaxed, yet upbeat.

    Unfortunately, 9 a.m. on a Saturday is still pretty early for some folks, so very few people got to witness the recovering addicts and their supporters being loud and proud about the things they’ve accomplished thus far.

    Everyone knows about the Mummers, Gay Pride and Labor Day parades. I’m hoping next year’s Recovery Walk garners the attention its participants deserve.

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