In Philly, the New Year’s party doesn’t stop after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. In fact, some would say it doesn’t even get started until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, when 10,000 colorfully costumed Mummers line up to strut, sashay and pirouette their way down Broad Street.
Mummers are men and women of all ages who belong to more than 40 organized clubs that make up the parade participants. The clubs are split into five categories — Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades — that function mainly to stage playful performances on New Year’s Day.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. and continues into the evening, ending approximately at 6 p.m. City Hall marks the starting point, with a judging station situated at 15th and Market streets.