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The Mummers Parade

Sunday, January 1, 2023 | 9 a.m.

The oldest continuous folk parade in the country...

Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Location & Contact:

  • S. Broad St. and S. Penn Square
    Starts at City Hall and marches south on Broad Street to Washington Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • (800) 537-7676
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During the festive, often-rowdy, more than 120-year-old tradition, 10,000 adults and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets on New Year’s Day.

It’s truly a sight to see — the closest comparison is Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Each Mummers division plays a special role in the parade. The Comics and Wench Brigades satirize issues, institutions and people; the Fancies impress with glamorous outfits that rival those of royalty; the String Bands gleefully play banjoes, saxophones, percussion and other reed and string instruments; and the Fancy Brigades produce tightly choreographed theatrical extravaganzas.

This year, the Mummers Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. on January 1, 2023, starting at City Hall and heading south on Broad Street to Washington Avenue. The Fancy Brigade Finale — taking place indoors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center — also takes place on January 1, 2023, with two shows: 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m

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