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The Philadelphia Mummers parade is a new year tradition on a scale
unique to this city, bringing crowds out into the streets to watch a
veritable cavalcade of sound and colour as floats, performers and various
acts take to the streets to celebrate the start of another new year.
In recent years the Mummers Parade has become available to a much wider audience, with the advent of online streaming providing a viewing platform for people around the world to watch this fascinating spectacle, whether they are Philadelphia expats feeling nostalgic for their home town or just interested viewers looking for something a little different to watch on new years day. Either way, the Philadelphia Mummers parade is an event and sight we strongly recommend.
The parade actually changed for the 2015 parade, the first modifications in several years. This year's parade will likely again follow the new route, beginning at 15th and Market near Dilworth Park for the judging prior to moving down to City Hall. The parade will then travel south down Broad Street to Washington Avenue. This is pretty much a reversal of the previous route. Other judging areas will be at The Union League of Philadelphia and at the intersection of Broad Street and Carpenter Street.
Tickets can be bought for the Fancy Brigade Finale, The Fancy Brigade Family Show and the Mummers Fest here.
The Mummers Fest is a recent innovation offering an insight into preparations for and the history of the Mummers parade. This takes place at Pennsylvania Convention Center at the following dates and times:
Sunday 28 December: 12pm - 6pm
Monday 29 December: 5pm - 9pm
Tuesday 30 December: 5pm-10pm
Wednesday 31 December (new years eve): 12pm - 6pm
For anyone who can't make it in person, the Philadelphia Mummers parade is being streamed live online this year, starting from 10am local time, and running through until around 6pm, followed by later coverage of the SugarHouse Casino Fancy Brigades from 8pm to 10pm:
If you're in Philadelphia over the New Year period and looking for somewhere to stay, then the town will be busy so make sure you get your booking made as early as possible. You can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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