Philadelphia Prepares for the Annual Mummers Parade, A New Year’s Day Tradition

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia is gearing up to ring in the New Year with its most iconic tradition, the Mummers Parade. On January 1, 2024, the city’s Broad Street will come alive as over 10,000 costumed marchers take to the streets to strut their stuff in a vibrant celebration that has captivated residents and visitors for more than 120 years.

Often likened to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Mummers Parade features a festive and often rowdy atmosphere. However, it is uniquely Philadelphian, with local clubs spending an entire year crafting elaborate costumes, rehearsing performances, and building intricate floats for this one-day spectacle.

The Mummers Parade boasts a rich history, having been officially adopted by the city of Philadelphia in 1901. It is considered the longest-running continuous folk parade in the United States. The parade’s participants, known as Mummers, belong to different divisions, including Comics, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades, each bringing unique flair and entertainment to the event.

The parade route and competition details for the 2024 Mummers Parade will be announced soon. Spectators can look forward to an array of performances, from satirical skits to precision-drilled dance routines, all set against the backdrop of the city’s historic Broad Street.

So, mark your calendars and prepare to start the new year with a bang. The Mummers Parade offers a day filled with color, laughter, music, and camaraderie, a fitting way to welcome the year 2024 in Philadelphia. Whether you’re a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, the Mummers Parade is a must-experience event that encapsulates the city’s spirit and zest for life.

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