The 2011 Mummers Parade – Tickets, Schedule, and Visitor Info

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The 2012 Mummers Parade is ready to strut on Broad Street on Sunday, January 1, New Year’s Day, 2012, as it has done traditionally, for over a century.

The Order of March for the 2012 Mummers Parade will be in the following order, it has been conclusively announced.

The Comic Brigades – starting at 10:00 AM

The Wench Brigades

The Clubs

The String Bands

The Fancy Brigades

What is the Order of March for the String Bands, for the 2012 Mummers Parade?

It has been officially announced, that the String Bands will march in this order:

1. Duffy

2. Fralinger

3. Broomall

4. Aqua

5. South Philadelphia

6. Polish American

7. Uptown

8. Ferko

9. Quaker City

10. Avalon

11. Greater Kensington

12. Greater Overbrook

13. Trilby

14. Pennsport

15. Durning

16. Hegeman

17. Woodland

The 2011 Mummers Parade is ready to strut on Broad Street on January 1, New Year’s Day, 2011, as it has done traditionally, for over a century.

Here’s all of the information that you'll need to attend this uniquely-Philadelphian, New Year’s Day event.

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(Note: We must add that not all of the relevant information for the 2011 parade has been formally announced yet, as it's still early December 2010. Also, we're constantly going to be adding more content to this Mummers page - both official announcements and our own recommendations - so please check back for more information.)

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The 2011 Mummers Parade – Information For Visitors and Spectators

When Is the 2011 Mummers Parade?

The 2011 Mummers Parade will take place on Saturday, January 1, 2011 – New Year’s Day, which is its traditional day.

At What Time Will the 2011 Mummers Parade Start?

The 2011 Mummers Parade is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM. However, if you are watching from the warmth and comfort of your living room, you can start with your Mummers fix at 9:00 AM, on WPHL-17 (Channel 7 if you have Comcast Digital service) offering Breakfast with the Mummers, a sort of pre-parade special. When the first of the Comics arrive at City Hall at Broad and Market Streets, WPHL-17 will immediately switch to live coverage of the performances.

Do I Need To Buy Tickets For the 2011 Mummers Parade?

The answer to that is complicated. It depends on what part(s) of the parade, and which groups of Mummers, you’d like to see.

If You Want Seats On the Outdoor Bleachers at Philadelphia City Hall, You Need To Buy Tickets

If you’d like seats on the outdoor bleachers at Philadelphia City Hall – i.e., where the views are the best, and where the various Mummers perform for the judges (which is to say, where all the action is, for Mummery)-

you do have to purchase tickets. However, this is actually a good thing. Be grateful that the outdoor bleacher seats aren’t free, because it would be bedlam, if there wasn’t ticketing involved.

Tickets are $19.00 apiece, for the outdoor bleachers at City Hall.

Where Can I Buy Tickets For the Outdoor Portion of the 2011 Mummers Parade?

You can buy tickets at either Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, or the Fairmount Park Welcome Center, at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, directly across the street from Suburban Station.

(Don't be confused by the name of the second location, as the Fairmount Park Welcome Center is not actually located in or near Fairmount Park - it's that very modern building in the heart of downtown, that somewhat resembles a flying saucer. It served as the main Philadelphia Visitor Center, until the construction of Independence Visitor Center in the 21st century.)

However, If You Want To See The Outdoor Portion of the 2011 Mummers Parade, Somewhere Else on Broad Street, It's Free

The Mummers Parade traditionally starts in South Philadelphia, and works its way up Broad Street (which is not only traditional but logical, because it's the widest street in the city), north to City Hall Plaza, where the judging takes place.

However, you can station yourself anywhere on Broad Street, between City Hall and Broad and Shunk Streets, which is very deep in South Philly, and watch the Mummers go by.

If you want to watch the String Bands perform (they're the most popular, because they're the best performers and the most entertaining), they will perform their full drill (i.e., their routines), not just at City Hall for the judges, but at certain designated spots in South Philadelphia as well.

As far as we can tell, the String Bands will start their first full drill at 11:10 AM, at Broad and Shunk Streets. Each String Band will follow at roughly 10-minute intervals (it never works out exactly on time, but that's the gist of it.)

After Broad and Shunk, the next full drill stop will be at Methodist Hospital, which is located on Broad Street between Wolf and Ritner Streets, roughly halfway between the Snyder and Oregon subway stops on the SEPTA Orange Line.

At Broad and Tasker Streets (near the Tasker-Morris subway stop), there will be music, but not the full drill.

Continuing north, there will be full drill performances at Broad and Washington Streets, and Broad and Pine Streets, the first performance spot in Center City.

In front of the Union League at Broad and Sansom Streets (i.e., Broad between Chestnut and Walnut Streets), there will be a drill (but without props), and then the final performance is at City Hall for the judges and the seated fans on the bleachers.

In summary, all of the non-City Hall outdoor performances are free, and don't require tickets.

For the Indoor Portion of the Parade, You Can Buy $20.00 Tickets To See the Eleven Fancy Brigades Perform, In the Warmth of the Pennsylvania Convention Center

A good bet - and one that will be far more comfortable, as well as shorter, than the outdoor parade - is seeing the eleven Fancy Brigades perform indoors, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets.

Shifting the Fancy Brigades indoors was a great innovation, as it shortened the outdoor parade, sheltered the most elaborately costumed parades from the elements, and offered a climate-controlled alternative to shivering spectators.

There will be two shows performed at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, one at 12 noon, and the other at 5:00 PM. Each is expected to last about 2½ hours.

The Noon Matinee Show is the Family Show; if you get there by 11:30 AM, however, you can participate in a meet-n-greet with the Mummers, have pictures taken, and even get into the spirit of Mummery with a strut of your own.

The eleven Fancy Brigades will begin their performances at noon, which last about 4½ minutes each. Overall, the show will be about 2½ hours.

The 5:00 PM Show is the one performance that counts, though - The Fancy Brigades Judged Show.

Since you'll be entertained either way, take your pick.

But regardless of which one you choose, the tickets are $20.00 apiece, with discounts for large groups of 25 or more. You can call 1.800.298.4200 to purchase tickets for the indoor shows.

What is the Order of March for the 2011 Mummers Parade, By Category?

The Order of March for the 2011 Mummers Parade will be in the following order, it has been conclusively announced.

The Comic Brigades – starting at 10:00 AM

The Wench Brigades

The Fancy Clubs

The String Bands

What is the Order of March for the String Bands, for the 2011 Mummers Parade?

It has been officially announced, that the String Bands will march in this order:

1. Pennsport

2. Fralinger

3. Woodland

4. Broomall

5. South Philadelphia

6. Durning

7. Irish American

8. Greater Kensington

9. Aqua

10. Polish American

11. Trilby

12. Uptown

13. Hegeman

14. Duffy

15. Quaker City

16. Avalon

17. Greater Overbrook

18. Ferko

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