Did you know that one of the longest running New Year traditions in the United States is a wild, colorful Mardi Gras-esque parade in Philadelphia?
Officially recognized by the city in 1901, the Mummers Parade has roots going back to mid-17th century. Over time it has developed into unique Philadelphia tradition – a raucous 12 hour event featuring intricate and outlandish costumes, dedicated bands and a contest. If you are in the Philly area today, be sure to check it out! And if you aren’t, then you should definitely take a few minutes to enjoy this clip of the Mummers Parade String Bands from 1959.
Here is to a happy, healthy and bright New Year!