The Two Road Stompers pay homage to healthcare employees as they carry out in entrance of Metropolis Corridor on the 2022 Mummers Parade in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. The parade was postponed a day as a result of rain on New Years Day in 2022. Learn extra
The Mummers Parade shall be struttin’ down Broad Road as soon as once more on New 12 months’s Day 2023.
A New 12 months’s custom that goes again greater than 120 years, it initially grew out of customs that came visiting with waves of European immigrants into Philadelphia. Metropolis councilmember Mark Squilla, who’s a Mummer with the Taking pictures Stars Fancy Brigade, mentioned that “no different place on the planet rings in New 12 months’s like Philadelphia” due to the Mummers.
However a variety of offensive incidents at previous parades means, beginning with the 2022 parade, all Mummers should bear sensitivity coaching from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Fee. Skits and themes for the parade additionally require approval by the fee and Parks and Recreation, Kathryn Ott Lovell, parks and rec commissioner, advised The Inquirer in 2021.
Because the Mummers return to Broad Road, right here’s the place and tips on how to be part of the festivities, how one can survive the visitors chaos, and extra.
» READ MORE: How the Mummers got here to Philadelphia
The best way to watch the 2022 Mummers Parade
Take transit. With many highway closures surrounding the route, it’s extremely inspired to make use of SEPTA for commuting to the parade. Buses round Metropolis Corridor and the parade route shall be detoured. Info concerning bus detours, alerts, and New 12 months’s scheduling may be discovered on SEPTA.org. Arrive early to get a great place. Guests can convey garden chairs to arrange on Broad Road. Presently, the forecast is looking for temperatures within the mid 50s with round a 55% probability of rain all through the day, so costume accordingly. You too can watch from dwelling on WDPN-TV (MeTV2) — not on PHL17, which is the place it has aired for greater than 30 years. MeTV2 shall be protecting the parade from 9 a.m. to five p.m. on MeTV2 (WDPN-TV), WFMZ.com (on-line), and the WFMZ+ app (cellular).
» READ MORE: New 12 months, new Mummers: The parade will air on a distinct channel as organizers attempt to change into extra unbiased
What’s the parade route?
The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Metropolis Corridor. A principal judging stand is close to the beginning at fifteenth and Market Streets. The parade travels south down Broad St. to Washington Ave., the place it ends by 6 p.m. The Order of March begins with the Golden Dawn Fancy Division at about 9 a.m., and strikes on to the Wench, Comedian, String Band, and Fancy Bridge Divisions all through the morning and afternoon.
Afterward, lots of the performers head to South Second Road, generally known as “Two Road,” for a boisterous celebration that continues into the night time.
Whereas there are performances alongside the whole parade route, there are additionally designated efficiency areas so brigades can current choreographed routines.
The primary is at fifteenth and Market close to Metropolis Corridor, the place there can even be a judging stand. The second is at Broad and Sansom, the place solely the String Bands carry out. The third is at Broad and Pine, the place Fancies, Wenches, Comics, and Fancy Brigades carry out. The ultimate space is at Broad and Carpenter for all teams.
The best way to get tickets
Whereas the parade is free to attend, you should buy tickets for bleacher seating within the Metropolis Corridor Efficiency Zone, in addition to for the Fancy Bridge finale performances (at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.) on the Conference Middle. Tickets are $25-$38 and may be acquired on the Independence Customer Middle in-person at 599 Market Road or by calling 800-537-7676. Tickets are bodily pre-printed tickets, no on-line tickets are bought.
Though the parade is outdoors, COVID-19 remains to be a priority and it’s a good suggestion to take precautions — particularly following all the vacation gatherings. Keep dwelling if you’re sick or have signs.
Highway closures and parking restrictions
Parking restrictions for the 2023 Mummers Parade begin on Thursday, Dec. 29 alongside some areas of the parade route. A lot of the parking and visitors restrictions shall be lifted after the parade ends.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022
No parking on the west facet of fifteenth St. from Arch St. to Ranstead St. from from 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 via 6 p.m. on Jan. 2. Road and sidewalk distributors won’t be allowed to park on this space both.
Friday, Dec. 30, 2022
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 30 via 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, fifteenth St. shall be closed to southbound visitors at John F. Kennedy Bvld. for gear supply and setup.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022
No parking on Market St. from fifteenth St. to twenty first St. (either side) and John F. Kennedy Blvd. from Juniper St. to twentieth St. (either side) from 4 a.m. on Dec. 31 via 6 p.m. on Jan. 1.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 via 5 a.m. on Jan. 2, fifteenth St. shall be closed from John F. Kennedy Blvd. to Market St.
Market St. shall be closed from fifteenth St. to twenty first St. from 10 a.m. to three p.m. on Saturday. At 3 p.m., It’s going to reopen forthe day.
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023
These streets shall be closed to visitors beginning at 3 a.m. on Jan. 1 via the top of the parade:
fifteenth St. from Arch St. to Chestnut St. Market St. from fifteenth St. to twenty first St. Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. from sixteenth St. to twentieth St. North Broad St. from Cherry St. to John F. Kennedy Blvd. sixteenth St. from Chestnut St. to Race St. seventeenth St. from Ben Franklin Pkwy to Ludlow St. 18th St. from Ludlow St. to Race St. nineteenth St. from Ben Franklin Pkwy to Chestnut St. 1500 block of Ranstead St. 1300 block of Carpenter St. 1000 block of South thirteenth St. Chestnut St. from fifteenth Road to 18th St. (north facet) Cherry St. from fifteenth St. to seventeenth St. Arch St. from fifteenth St. to seventeenth St. Washington Ave. from twelfth St. to 18th St.
Broad St. shall be closed to visitors from South Penn Sq. to Washington Ave. on Sunday, Jan. 1, beginning at 7 a.m. via the top of the parade.
Extra Parking Restrictions on Jan. 1, 2023
There shall be short-term “No Parking” zones in impact from 2 a.m. to six p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1 on either side of avenue, until in any other case famous:
Broad St. from Arch St. to Ellsworth St. Juniper St. from John F. Kennedy Blvd to East Penn Sq. South/East Penn Sq. from fifteenth St. to Juniper St. Benjamin Franklin Pkwy from sixteenth St. to twentieth St. Logan Circle (north facet) North Broad St. from Cherry St. to John F. Kennedy Blvd sixteenth St. from Chestnut St. to Race St. seventeenth St. from Ben Franklin Pkwy to Ludlow St. 18th St. from Ludlow St. to Race St. nineteenth St. from Ben Franklin Pkwy to Chestnut St. nineteenth St. from John F. Kennedy Blvd to Market St. 1500 block of Ranstead St. 1300 block of Carpenter St. 1000 block of South thirteenth St. Chestnut St. from fifteenth St. to 18th St. (north facet) Cherry St. from fifteenth St. to seventeenth St. Arch St. from fifteenth St. to seventeenth St. Washington Ave. from twelfth St. to 18th St.
Can autos cross Broad Road in the course of the Mummers Parade?
No automobiles or motor autos shall be allowed to cross Broad St. in the course of the parade. The town advises to keep away from the realm, take different routes and for drivers to provide themselves further time to get to a vacation spot.
SEPTA service and detours
SEPTA buses, trolleys, subway traces, the Norristown Excessive Velocity Line, and Regional Rail trains will run on a Sunday schedule on New 12 months’s Day. Routes 204, 310, 311 and LUCY won’t function. Market-Frankford and Broad Road Traces will function a particular vacation service. OWL Bus providers start at 12 a.m.
You’ll be able to comply with real-time updates on the company’s System Standing web site, TransitView on the SEPTA app (Android and iPhone), or on Twitter at @SEPTA_Bus. Extra details about Regional Rail prepare schedules is out there on SEPTA’s web site.
Moreover, the town advises that transit riders ought to count on detours for bus routes that journey close to the parade, together with routes 2, 4, 9, 12, 16, 17, 21, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 40, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 64,124 and 125.
This story contains earlier reporting from Grace Dickinson.