The Mummers are strutting down Broad Street today. Americas oldest parade takes place each New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. Local clubs (usually called “New Years Associations”) compete in one of four categories (comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes and moveable scenery, which take months to complete. This is done in clubhouses – many of which are on or near 2nd Street (called “Two Street” by some local residents) in the Pennsport neighborhood of the city’s South Philadelphia section – which also serve as social gathering places for members. Image courtesy of Eleftherios Kostans.
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