Stallone and fans flock to Philadelphia for “Rocky Day”
Hundreds of fans of Rocky and the actor who plays the popular Philadelphia boxer came to Philly to celebrate Rocky Day, with “Sly.”
It happened on the steps of the Art Museum where a statue of the iconic character is located. Stallone was also honored on the 47th anniversary of the release of the original 1976 film.
“Sunday December 3, it’s ‘Rocky Day,'” Stallone told those present, some in Balboa fedoras, others in boxing robes or leather jackets, almost all with umbrellas on a rainy afternoon. “Remarkable. Who would have believed it? Certainly, none of the 13 schools I attended would have.Nor the studios that rejected a feature film that won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.”
‘Rocky,’ the movie made Philadelphia a kind of co-star, and Stallone the champion of them all.
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and ‘Rocky’s’ too, because we are very close to all of you, who, believe it or not, are the real-life Rockys,” commented the actor. “Because you live your life on your own terms, you try to do the best you can and keep punching.”
The celebration included a grand opening of the Sly Stallone store located inside the Parkway Visitor Center, between the base of the stairs and the Rocky statue.
The store sells replicas of “Rocky” products, apparel and accessories, all of which have been designed and approved by Stallone himself.