The New Year’s Day Mummers Parade, a 115 year Philadelphia tradition. For the past 5 years, I’ve met up with various friends to have a Mummers Parade photo walk followed by lunch at Down Home Diner at Reading Terminal Market.
For those unfamiliar with the Mummers Parade, let me share with you a quick history of this event. The Mummer’s Parade was officially recognized by the city of Philadelphia in 1900, although the parade had unofficially started around 1880. It took a few years before city hall caught up with the tradition. It is a gathering of blue-collar citizens who don fancy costumes and perform choreographed moves (strutting) along Broad Street. There are 5 divisions of Mummers: The Comic, The Fancy, the Wench Brigade, the String Band and the Fancy Brigade Divisions. The official shoe of the Mummer Parade is the Golden Slipper.
I love the festive and fun atmosphere of this parade, the participants are somewhat inebriated and quite happy to pose for photos. Their interactions with the bystanders is fantastic, kids and adults really have a great time during this parade. The vibe I get from participants and spectators show that Philly, at least for one day, is the City of Brotherly Love (and sisterly affection). This feeling is consistent from year to year, leading me to speculate that some ancient mummer magic is at work on New Year’s Day in Philly. If you live in the trip-state area or are visiting this City over New Years, this is an event that should not be missed. Philadelphia shines on New Year’s Day.
Braided beards and Cigars were a prominent theme among the Comics:
Yay! I found a way to keep my beer at just the right temperature as I march on Broad Street.
Police, Beads and Cigars. I am seeing a trend here.
Mummer’s Parade would not be complete without a Dalek or two.
I’m just a lonely spade looking for my card-mate.
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It isn’t New Year without men in dresses and wearing makeup strutting along Broad Street in Philadelphia. What say you?
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