The Philadelphia Mummers Parade Welcomes New Year with a Purpose

Parade steps off Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at 9am with thousands
of colorfully costumed musicians and flamboyant performers strutting and
dancing their way down Broad Street.

Parade Line-Up

The Mummers Parade includes five divisions, each with its own artistry,
sound and customs. Leading off is Golden Sunrise Fancy Club, the
last remaining Fancy Club. Next come the Wench brigades, men clad
in bonnets and bloomers, waving multi-tiered parasols. Then it’s the Comics,
with their send-ups of politics and pop culture.

Marching among the Comics will be groups representing their own
distinctive cultures: the vibrant Mexican dancers of San Mateo
Carnavaleros; The Miss Fancy Brigade
, an LGBT group of
Philadelphia’s top female impersonators; Second 2 None, an
African-American precision drill team; Southeast By Southeast,
showcasing the dance and music of Southeast Asia; and the Trinidadian
steel drum band Philadelphia Pan Stars Steel Orchestra.

Next, the legendary String Bands, the heart of the parade, are
known for their unique sound (Parade rules prohibit brass instruments in
a String Band – only saxophones, banjos, accordions, violins and
percussion), as well as elaborate costumes. Brilliant materials,
glitter, sequins and feathers all combine to make the showy costumes.
The Fancy Brigades, hot off their mid-day performance at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center, will march interspersed among the String
Bands, dressed in sequined costumes, masks, and makeup.

Fancy Brigade Finale

Often described as a cross between Broadway and Mardi Gras, the indoor
Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale is a high-energy showcase of masterfully
choreographed routines by more than 2,500 costumed performers divided
among 12 clubs. A special family show starts at 11:30am, with a second
show at 5:00pm. Both are at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

In addition, MummersFest, a four-day, family festival (December
28-31), gives fans a chance to make crafts, try on authentic Mummers
costumes and watch the clubs rehearse.

For over 300 years Mummers have marched in Philadelphia on New Year’s
Day. The official, City-sponsored Philadelphia Mummers Parade began
January 1, 1901, and is the longest running traditional folk parade in
the U.S. For more information, including prime viewing locations, visit

For media inquiries contact Thomas Derr, Simon Public Relations:,
215-620-7723 (m), 215-545-4715 x29 (o).


Simon Public Relations
Thomas Derr
215-545-4715 x29 (o)