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January

Mummer’s Day

Posted by Brittany

We woke up bright and early and headed down to Broad Street to scope out a good spot to view the parade.  It turned out that we were slightly over-eager and had to wait about an hour and half for the parade to officially start.  But when it did it was amazing!  By the kick-off at 10 AM many spectators and participants alike were already displaying good-natured signs of intoxication.  Sober or tipsy, one thing that all of the mummers had in common was their genuine friendliness and excitement over the start of the new year.  They were proud too — proud of their tradition, proud of their costumes, and proud of their city.  The mob’s high spirits were actually contagious — I spent a lot of the parade with a smile stuck on my face, laughing, and returning constant shouts of “Happy New Year!”  The general atmosphere and feelings of good-will coupled with the awesome sights and sounds made this an experience I will never forget.

According to Deborah, who has lived in New Orleans at a couple of different points in her life, this parade was a lot like Mardi Gras.  The costumes were breathtaking (any of you who know me personally know how much I love feathers!), and every which way we turned seemed like an opportunity for another great photo just waiting to happen.  Between the three of us we took hundreds of pictures of the Mummers Day parade in just a few hours.  Looking through them now, Chris and I both agree that we had a great time and would love to go see the parade again in the future.

This was my first trip to Philadelphia and growing up I had heard rumors that despite being named “the city of brotherly love”, the people of Philadelphia were not that friendly.  After our visit I find that far from the truth; all through our trip strangers offered us wishes for a happy new year, stopped to offer us advice about the best places to eat, and smiled at us in that rare and genuine way where people actually look you in the eyes.  So, Philadelphia, thank you for your hospitality — you will surely see us again.  We offer you our hopes for a Happy New Year and, of course, HAPPY MUMMERS DAY!

Join us tomorrow as we celebrate National Science Fiction Day!

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