PHILADELPHIA (December 5, 2014) – The 2015 Philadelphia Mummers Parade follows a new route on Broad Street from City Hall to Washington Avenue but the New Year’s Day tradition for generations of families remains as charming as ever.
All are invited to Broad Street where the Mummers Parade kicks off at City Hall at 10 am. Fans from near and far are invited to enjoy the Parade from three special performance zones as more than 10,000 glittering and colorful Mummers strut and dance down Broad Street.
The Philadelphia Mummers Parade features five divisions, each with its own artistry, sound and customs. Leading the Parade are the Fancies, with their sequin-studded lavish costumes and feathered glamour. Next are the Comics, who parody hot political issues and pop culture. Then it’s the men of the Comic Wench brigades in bonnets and bloomers, waving multi-tiered parasols. Finally, after all 17 are judged, the legendary String Bands in glorious costumes will march down Broad Street entertaining the crowds with their intricate musical arrangements combining string, reed and percussion instruments. Interspersed among the String Bands in the Parade on Broad Street will be the Fancy Brigades, hot off their noon performance at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, dressed head-to-toe in sequined costumes, masks, and makeup.
For the ultimate view of the Fancies’, Comics’, Wenches’ and String Bands’ first performance before the Judges, the Grand Stand entertainment zone, on Dilworth Plaza at 15th and Market Streets, will feature more than 1,200 ticketed bleacher seats. Additional drill spots are located at the Union League at Broad and Sansom Streets and at Broad and Carpenter Streets.
For thrilling indoor entertainment, families can head to the Fancy Brigade shows at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. During the Fancy Brigade Family Show at noon and Fancy Bridge Finale at 5 p.m., more than 2,500 Mummers stun the crowd during dynamic, choreographed performances in front of handmade backdrops soaring 24-feet high. The Fancy Brigades are judged at the Finale.
Another family friendly activity for fans is MummersFest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a four-day festival from Friday, December 28 through Monday, December 31 providing a sneak peek into the making of the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale. The interactive event offers families opportunities to try on bedazzled Mummers costumes, watch the clubs rehearse, go on a backstage tour, participate in crafts, and even learn to strut.
Tickets for the Mummers Parade Grand Stand bleacher seats ($20), Fancy Brigade Family Show ($28), Fancy Brigade Finale ($23), and MummersFest ($5) are available by calling 1-800-537-7676, or can be purchased in person at the Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market Streets or at the Welcome Center on 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.
Mummers 1: Fralinger String Band performs “The Circus Comes to Clown,” in the 2014 Mummers Parade.
Mummers 2: The Quaker City String Band finishes its first place performance “California Here We MUM,” in the 2014 Mummers Parade.
Mummers 3: A quartet of bass players perform in Woodland String Band’s 2014 routine “Legend of the Lamp.”
Mummers 4: Gerald Roccia of the South Philly Vikings Fancy Brigade performs in the Club’s 2014 routine, “The City of Steam.”
Mummers 5: Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars Fancy Brigade Captain Michael Adams leads his Club during its 2014 first place performance, “Atlantis – Guardians of the Deep.”
For more than a century, the Mummers have marched on New Year’s Day while displaying over-the-top creative costumes, music and pageantry. The Philadelphia Mummers Parade began in 1900 as a way to celebrate the New Year and is one of the longest running traditions in the country. For more information, visit www.phillymummers.com.