A colorful parade or a festival? Anyway, we have everything you want to know here at least to talk to someone who understands something about it 🙂
What is it?
The Mummers Parade is held each New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States. Local clubs compete in one of five categories. They prepare elaborate costumes, performance routines, and movable scenery, which take months to complete. Wikipedia
Why is it called Mummers Parade?
The parade is related to the Mummers Play tradition from Britain and Ireland.
Where did the Mummers tradition come from?
An old Christmas custom from England and Ireland, mummering in a version of its modern form can be traced back to Newfoundland into the 19th century.
Where is the Mummers parade route?
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.
5 When did the Philadelphia Mummers parade start?
While Mummers can be found throughout the city and suburbs of Philadelphia, the heart of the Mummers is in South Philadelphia, along Second Street and Third Street, in neighborhoods called Pennsport and Whitman
How long has the Mummers Parade been around?
By 1901, the Mummers Day Parade has been officially adopted by the city of Philadelphia. Although the tradition has been going on since the conception of this country, the turn of the century from the 1800’s to the 1900’s can conceptually pinpoint the modern day start of this wonderful tradition.
How much does a Mummers costume cost?
The most extravagant costumes can cost up to $10,000, and costumes for 65-person clubs can cost close to $100,000
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