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The Mummer, the Mummer! Tradition!

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Finding the true source of how the Mummers Parade began is as complicated and elusive as reloading the SEPTA Key. The annual event dates to European folk festivals, and although known as a deep South Philly tradition ingrained in Irish and Italian communities, some in the Jewish community have paraded along Broad Street for decades.

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Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade named America’s No. 1 Holiday Parade by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice 2017

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We’re #1! Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade has been named America’s No. 1 Holiday Parade by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice 2017.

“The Mummers Parade, one of the longest running traditions in the nation, has roots dating back to the 1800s as a celebration of the New Year in Philly. The colorful procession along Broad Street features performances by comics, string bands and fancy brigades in their spectacular costumes,” USA Today wrote.

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8 of America’s most dazzling holiday parades

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Palm Beach Post: “The Christmas parades are over, Thanksgiving is left in the dust and the shiny NYC ball has dropped — what is there to do now? Well, celebrate the New Year of course. New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to do so than Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade. “

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Celebrate New Year’s Day Like A Local At Philly’s Mummer’s Parade

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As seen in the Gloucester City News (NJ):  “New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete 2018 than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a tradition dating back to 1901 in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets.”

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