With New Year’s right around the corner, you may be scrambling for plans to ring in 2016. If you would like to get away for a weekend without having to worry about the craziness of places like NYC, then I have a great location for you. Did you know that Philadelphia hosts the oldest folk festival in the United States every New Year’s Day?
The Mummers Parade began in the mid-17th century on the south side of Philadelphia. This area was settled by Italian and Irish immigrants, who would don elaborate costumes and parade the streets. Mummers can be traced all the way back to Roman times and are related to the mummers’ plays well known in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Today, the festival is celebrated with a parade put on by various clubs. Each club dresses in costumes that fall into one of four categories: comics, fancies, string bands and fancy brigades. In addition to the costume parade, the festival includes performances and family viewing areas. All the festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 6:00 p.m. That being said, the party doesn’t actually stop there. This is a big bar holiday, so even though the daytime activities are family friendly, make sure to find out where the best hang outs are for all day fun. Think New Year’s Eve is a good time? Just wait til you celebrate New Year’s Day in the city of brotherly love.
For more information on travel to Philadelphia and the Mummers Parade, give us a call at 920.236.7777 or visit our website, ambassadortravelltd.com, to schedule an appointment.