An unforgettably wild ritual, Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade is family-friendly and fun for everyone.
(Photo courtesy Kimmel Center)
The only-in-Philadelphia, tried and true, world famous New Year’s Day tradition that brings 10,000 men and women, dressed in colorfully lavish costumes, twirling and strutting down Broad Street, is back.
The 113th Annual Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s favorite, famous New Year’s Day tradition, returns on January 1, 2013.
And in the wake of a Mummers miracle — a fire on 2nd Street nearly destroyed props and scenery stored in a Mummers warehouse — it’s the perfect time to start getting excited. Really excited.
The parade, which consists of 40 organized clubs split up into five divisions — Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades — runs along Broad Street, starting in South Philly and ending at City Hall.
Each Mummers performance division has a separate theme. The Comics and Wench Brigades make fun of issues and public figureheads, the Fancies dress to impress in their dazzling outfits, the String Bands showcase their musical talent as they play reed and strings and the Fancy Brigades perform highly choreographed shows.
Check out the full parade route map here (PDF).
This year, get a sneak peek into all that is the Mummers with Visit Philly’s six-installment video series, Behind the Sequins: Showtime for the Philadelphia Mummers.
Bonus: MummersFest is back! MummersFest runs from December 28-31 with the Fancy Brigade Finale on January 1, noon and 5 p.m.
Rather than a full strut up Broad Street, the Fancy Brigades stop at Washington Avenue then head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for ticketed shows at noon and 5 p.m. (tickets are $20-25, available online).
The New Year’s celebration gets started at 11:30 a.m., with a meet-and-greet with the Fancy Brigades. Snap pictures with performers on the show floor, and get in step with the merrymaking in a Giant Mummers Strut. Then catch the Mummers matinee at noon, with four-and-a-half-minute performances by each of the 10 competing Fancy Brigades. You’re in for a spectacular two-and-a-half-hour show, with lavish costumes, elaborate floats and props and Broadway-quality choreography.
After the parade, Mummers storm down “Two Street” for after-hours partying as the winner of each category is deliberated by the judges at City Hall.
Double bonus: this year, the Mummers Museum in South Philly is hosting their first ever Golden Ladle Award Soup Contest on December 23, including crafts for the kids, visits with Santa and a food truck roundup in partnership with Philly MFA.
We’ll have a more detailed guide to watching the Mummers Parade soon, so stay tuned.
2013 Mummers Parade and MummersFest
When: parade is January 1, 8:50 a.m.-about 6 p.m.; MummersFest runs from December 28-31 with the Fancy Brigade Finale on January 1, noon and 5 p.m.
Where: Parade runs along Broad Street, beginning at Oregon Avenue and ending at City Hall; MummersFest is at the Convention Center
Cost: Free along main route; $20-25 for Fancy Brigade shows
More info: www.mummers.com