Mummers Parade in City of Brotherly Love
They prepare elaborate costumes and moveable scenery, which take months to complete. This is done in clubhouses, many of which are located on or near 2nd Street (called “Two Street” by some local residents) in the Pennsport neighborhood of South Philadelphia, which also serve as social gathering places for members.
This year will mark the 111th edition of the Mummers Parade and city officials have made many improvements to the event such as more bleachers, washrooms and food stands.
the Mummers do their parade along Broad Street and they will be celebrate with their often colorful costumes and accessories. In this year, fireworks and mummers will assist to ring in the New Year in the region of Philadelphia
The Mummers Parade traces back to mid-17th century roots, blending elements from Swedish, Finnish, Irish, English, German and other European heritages, as well as African-American heritage. The parade is related to the Mummers Play tradition from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Revivals of this tradition are still celebrated annually in South Gloucestershire, England on Boxing Day and in parts of Ireland on St. Stephen’s Day.
Swedes, Philadelphia’s first settlers, brought the custom of visiting neighbors on “Second Day Christmas” (December 26) with them to Tinicum. This was soon extended through New Year’s Day with costumed celebrants loudly parading through the city
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