More than 10,000 Mummers will strut and dance their way down Philly’s main thoroughfare in exotic and glittering costumes as part of the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 10, 2017
Thousands of spectators and a growing TV audience will spend January 1, 2018, celebrating the New Year with the always-colorful Philadelphia Mummers, who will take to Broad Street for the 118th time beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m.
More than 10,000 Mummers will strut and dance their way down Philly’s main thoroughfare in exotic and glittering costumes as part of the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States. The dazzling costumes, dance and music are hallmarks of the annual parade.
Mummers Parade-goers can enjoy the extravaganza from three special performance zones on Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia, where the parade begins near City Hall. From there, the parade route will take the performing groups down Broad Street to Washington Avenue.
The 2018 Philadelphia Mummers Parade features five divisions, each with its own artistry, sound and customs:
- The Fancy Division, with its sequin-studded lavish costumes and feathered glamour;
- The legendary String Bands, with their glorious costumes and intricate musical arrangements combining string, reed and percussion instruments;
- The Fancy Brigades, dressed head-to-toe in sequined costumes, masks, and makeup;
- The Wench Brigades in bonnets and bloomers, waving multi-tiered parasols; and
- The Comics, who parody current political issues and pop culture.
In addition, The Pennsylvania Convention Center will once again host the Mummers Fancy Brigades Finale. Often described as a cross between a Broadway show and Mardi Gras, the Fancy Brigade Finale showcases elaborate costumes and massive props, as well as stunning, colorful performances and masterfully choreographed, four-and-a-half-minute routines set to high-energy music. The show features more than 2,500 Fancy Brigade performers, divided among 12 Fancy Brigade clubs, each working for a full year to create the themes, costumes, props and drills that comprise the show and dazzle the audiences.
For more information on this unique and colorful tradition, go to http://www.PhillyMummers.com.
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Note: Click on the links below to select and download more colorful photos from the 2017 Mummers Parade, featuring some of Philadelphia’s most exciting and crowd-pleasing Mummers String Bands: