Mummers Parade Up Broad Street

Annual parade brings thousands of spectators to South Philly and Center City

Crowds of costumed Mummers are beginning to line the streets of Philadelphia for their annual New Year's Day parade up Broad Street.

Just hours after the opening of the new year, throngs of the sequined and brightly attired participants are pouring out of vehicles along Broad Street in south Philadelphia on Tuesday. The parade is a century-old tradition featuring elaborately festooned musicians, comics and other performers.

Broad Street, the city's main north-south thoroughfare, is lined with extra trash and recycling bins for the parade, which attracts thousands of people every year.

One group set to perform is the Fralinger String Band, which had some of its props damaged in a warehouse fire last month. The band says it was able to save most of its props and is ready to perform.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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