Don’t put that Mummers strut to sleep after New Year's Day. The Mummers — known for strutting down Broad Street will add Main Street to the mix next year.
The Mummers will march down Main Street in Manayunk on Sunday, Feb. 22 in honor of Mardi Gras, a source with the Mummers Association exclusively told NBC10.
Organizers hope to keep the February edition of the parade — dubbed the “Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk” — a family-friendly affair by keeping alcohol off Main Street and instead in the bars, said the source. The extra crowds could mean big business for Main Street bars and restaurants.
The new parade route will run from Green Lane to Lock Street — about 1 mile — and will focus heavily on string bands playing the length of Main Street, said the source.
The hope is that by adding a parade in addition to the long-running New Year’s Day parade, the increasingly-expensive Mummers tradition can stay sustainable for years to come.
The Mummers are expected to officially announce the new parade at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
The move to add the parade came after the colorful Mummers announced major changes to the traditional New Year's parade — most notable marching down Broad Street instead of up the street toward City Hall.