The Mummers Parade is held each New Year's Day in Philadelphia. Local clubs (usually called "New Years Associations") compete in one of five categories (Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes, performance routines, and movable 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.
|Date(s)||New Year's Day|
|Inaugurated||1 January 1901 (first official parade)|
|Most recent||January 2 2022|
The parade has been broadcast since 1993 on WPHL-TV, which has also live streamed the event on its website since 2011. After a national campaign to get the parade nationally televised, an edited two-hour broadcast of the parade was picked up by WGN America and WGN-TV; the broadcast debuted January 3, 2009.