Tomorrow, unless officials change plans due to weather, Fralinger and several other bands and brigades will parade down Broad Street in Philadelphia for the 118th Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day.Read the Full Story
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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.Read the Full Story
January 1st is a day that belongs to the Mummers in Philadelphia. New Year’s Day is filled with their partying in Center City and South Philadelphia.
But why? What exactly is a Mummer? How did the parade start? We’ve found the answers for you.
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.Read the Full Story
According to the Mummers Museum, the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia is the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States. And although we traditionally associate Mummers as having their roots in the neighborhoods of South Philadelphia, there continues to be a large contingent of Mummers right here in Chester County, thanks to Bud Emig of Phoenixville.Read the Full Story
It’s the first time Burlington County Special Services Students are meeting real, live MUMMMMMMMMMERS!
Let’s get struttin’!
With the Uptown String Band entertaining with its meticulous choreography and colorful sequined costumes, the East Norriton holiday parade crowd may feel like New Year’s Day has arrived a little earlier than expected this year.Read the Full Story
When Megan Flaherty joined the Duffy String Band at age 10, she was too small to carry her bass drum. So Teddy Kudrick retreated from leading the band to march alongside her, holding the drum as she played. On New Year’s Day, a third generation of Kudricks will produce the next captain: Teddy’s 11-year-old son, Jake.Read the Full Story
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. “Read the Full Story
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.”Read the Full Story