"New Year's Day Mummer's Parade--#2" Top 5 Page for this destination Philadelphia Things to Do Tip by VeronicaG

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  Flamboyant Group Of Paraders
by VeronicaG

The elaborate costumes and themed scenes make this parade the extravaganza it is, but the banjo music stirs the soul and quickens the heart! I was enthralled by the sense of comradery as people in the streets greeted each other and joined in friendly banter .

It takes months to complete the flamboyant costumes and detailed scenery. Some of costumes cost thousands of dollars; many scenes have complicated movements. Once a group moves up the length of Broad Street to the viewing stand near City Hall, they are rated according to their performance.

Monetary rewards totally near $400,000 are given for the best in various categories: Comics, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades. Competing groups spend much time and money preparing and the reward is barely enough to pay for a portion of their expenses yet each year the parades goes on.

Address: Along Broad Street to City Hall

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 7, 2007
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