Mummers look, more or less, like a cross between a peacock and a circus clown. Mummer brigades closely guard the secret of ... More
Philadelphia Mummers New Year's Day Parade (The)
Mummers look, more or less, like a cross between a peacock and a circus clown. Mummer brigades closely guard the secret of their New Year's Parade themes each year, cannibalizing the previous year's costume. Based on the Medieval European tradition of mummery, the Philadelphia version adds banjos, mechanized floats and bright television lights. There are three divisions: Clowns, String Bands and the Fancy Brigades, who perform elaborate sketches. The parade ends at City Hall, where there is a fierce competition and the winner is awarded accordingly. This is a free event. See website for yearly details.
Reviews for Philadelphia Mummers New Year's Day Parade (The): 2
Taste of Philly
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/14/05
You'll only find the Mummers in Philly and the New Years Parade is not to be missed. Well, at least see it live at least once. Very festive atmosphere. Brings out people from all walks of life. If you can see the judged performances near the staging area, in front of city hall, you have the best seats in Center City. Treat yourself to a Philly Cheese Steak afterwards and you've experienced Philly!!
Party atmosphere to bing in the new year philadelphia style. Only philadelphians understand and can put on a "show" like they do on new years day. Very colorful brignt costumes, unique music, all tied into a theme. No where in the world!