English: A "fancy" mummer at the 2005 Mummers Parade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale is also a must-see spectacle at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, with dazzling costumes and routines among giant, handmade props.
PHILADELPHIA (December 4, 2012) – The world-renowned Philadelphia Mummers Parade will kick off 2013 on New Year’s Day beginning at 10 a.m. at Broad and Washington Ave. Life-long fans, first-timers, local residents, and tourists are invited to enjoy the parade from five special performance zones as more than 10,000 vibrantly dressed Mummers strut through clouds of confetti and glitter toward City Hall. For an exclusive view of each division’s final performance, the enhanced Grand Stand entertainment zone on JFK Boulevard between 15th and 16th Streets will feature more than 1,500 ticketed bleacher seats.
For families interested in indoor entertainment on New Year’s Day, the Fancy Brigade Finale shows at noon and 5 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center are convenient and comfortable opportunities to enjoy the Mummers festivities. Dynamic, choreographed performances will stun the crowd with heart-pounding music and glowing costumes in front of handmade backdrops that soar 24-feet high.
Tickets for both the Grandstand bleacher seats ($19) and Fancy Brigade Finale ($17) are available by calling 1-800-537-7676 or visiting http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com. They can also 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.
The Parade features five divisions, each with its own artistry, sound and customs. Starting the festivities are the Comics, who parody hot political issues and pop culture, followed by the men of the Comic Wench brigades in bonnets and bloomers, waving multi-tiered parasols. Next, the Fancies evoke a sequin-studded and feathered glamour with their lavish costumes, followed by the legendary String Bands in glorious costumes and entertaining with intricate musical arrangements combining string, reed and percussi on instruments.
For more than a century, the Mummers have marched from South Philadelphia to Center City on New Year’s Day while displaying unique 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, visithttp://www.phillymummers.com.