Did You Know?: New Year Edition

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?

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Scene from 2012 Mummers Parade. Image vie Margaret Montet (click through for more photos of last year’s festivities)

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!

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