New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete in Philly than at the SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade. During the festive, often-rowdy, nearly 120-year-old tradition, 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. It’s truly a sight to see — the closest comparison is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The Mummers Parade begins at City Hall and continues south to Washington Avenue. While the performers put on a show throughout the entire shindig, three special performance areas are designated along Broad Street, also known as the Avenue of the Arts. Judging takes place at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Those without bleacher seats or sidewalk stamina often head to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, conveniently situated along the parade route, which opens for a free, family-friendly festival—cocoa, live music and games included — each January 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for Parade Grandstand can be purchased at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market for $20. (Tickets aren’t required elsewhere outdoors.) Read https://www.phlvisitorcenter.com/Mummers for details.
Location: Jan 1 from 9am – 5pm at S. Broad St. and S. Penn Square (Starts at City Hall and marches south on Broad Street to Washington Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact: (800) 537-7676