New Year’s calls for celebration, and nobody celebrates better than the Mummers. Glitter, feathers, and fantastic costumes take over Broad Street in Center City, as over 10,000 men and women twirl, strut, and pirouette across town. With formal beginnings in 1901, the festival has been an annual occurrence for decades. Local clubs compete in one of four categories, including comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades. Each group creates glamorous costumes and scenery, which they don for the fantastically colorful and lavish event. The comics satirize popular issues, the fancies present the most elaborate garb, the string bands entertain on banjos, saxophones, and other instruments, and the fancy brigades produce choreographed theatrical shows. Local bragging rights are on the line for each club, and the fancy bridges staged Broadway-style performances for ticket holder at the Pennsylvania Convention Center after the parade.
Begins at 9 a.m.
Main performance stage is at City Hall, continues down Broad Street, and ends at Broad Street and Washington Avenue