The Mummers are as much a part of New Year’s in Philadelphia as confetti celebrations, countdowns and resolutions. Like clockwork on January 1, Mummers parade through the city streets in sequins, beads and colorful plumage, strutting and playing the day away. There are the Comics, clowns and the like; the Fancies, pulling floats; and the String Bands, who make their own musical fanfare. And then there are the Fancy Brigades, who put their own spin on a time-honored Mummers tradition by taking their revelry inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The most theatrical of the bunch, the 12 Fancy Brigade clubs get into character with lavish costumes, elaborate floats and props, then take center stage to perform Broadway-quality choreographed skits.
No matter what their stripes, Mummers pull out all the stops in a show that is a year in the making, all for bragging rights for the most festive New Year's display. Competition aside, collectively, the Mummers have won a spot in Philadelphia history for their infectious showing of style and spirit, for more than 100 years. Year after year, they put on a sequin-studded show no Mummers-fan should miss!