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Firebird Festival: What We Saw

Courtesy of Phoenixville Patch staff and readers, a collection of photos and videos of the ninth annual burning of the bird.

Thousands gathered across the street from the Foundry on Saturday night for the ninth annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival. Though there was a surfeit of activities across the borough in the run-up to the main event, here is a collection of photos and videos—from Phoenixville Patch readers and staff—that captured the sighs and sounds of the lighting of the titular bird.

Until next year…

Martha Vollmer December 09, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Awesome!
Laura Grablutz December 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
See several Firebird videos on my Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/grablul?feature=mhee
harry finster December 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
hitler should have been there
Ed Roper December 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM
You're an idiotic troll who isn't even funny anymore. We get it, you hate phoenixville. Nobody cares. Go away.
harry finster December 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
i think its a valid observation ,hitler used night time burnings to gain psychological control over a collapsed german state which had a large catholic population predisposed to control by ritual
Barry Cassidy December 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
yes catholics predisposed to control by ritual. have seen it many times but never with fire...interesting take on it. but i do not feel that there was any evil purpose to control people. i think it is more rooted in the story of the phoenix and how it rises from the ashes. hey harry did you know that they "fire" small clay birds in the base of the bird? is there some interpretation on that?
Gotami December 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Germany was predominantly Protestant you overweight idiots. Besides what does and burning bird "doll" in Phoenixville in 2012 have to do with Nazi Germany? No wonder all your kids are so stupid.
harry finster December 13, 2012 at 01:55 AM
hitler was a catholic and said he learned propaganda methods from observing the churches rituals ,pyromania is an illness weather individual or group
Barry Cassidy December 13, 2012 at 04:54 AM
big harry....yo man...i really think an interpretation of the clay birds are in order. i would think they symbolize the rebirth of the phoenix after the burning. W-H-E-T-H-E-R...not weather as if it is raining out. or were you speaking in some politically corrective manner with relation to the "weathermen" of the late 60's? such a person of riddles and puzzling posts...so fascinating...
John Q. Public December 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Harry, Hitler publicly renounce his Catholic affiliation and joined the Protestant 'Deutsche Christen' while a child. I note your need to spew hate, but first get your facts straight. In truth, he wasn't protestant either, but an atheist.
harry finster December 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
he was born catholic,he said he learned propaganda techniques by observing the catholic control by dogma,when germany collapsed he used these techniques to gain mind control,when phoenixville collapsed they started the night time firebird burning which is similar to a nazi propaganda rally i dont think that is hate but merely an observation

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