The upcoming Mummers Parade may be more fan friendly than in recent years. Efforts are well underway to make it so. Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressman Bob Brady, representatives of the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mummers today formally announced new drill locations and expanded activities and amenities at locations along the route. The biggest addition is the return of the performance area at Broad and Pine. Standing at that corner, outside the University of the Arts, Mayor Nutter called the parade, “A fun time.” The Mayor added, “It’s a great opportunity. It just gets better.” He also said the Mummers deserve our thanks for hanging in there through the financial pressures the city has experienced and for the Mummers’ efforts to defray city costs. He also acknowledged the philanthropists who have stepped up as part of the effort. Congressman Bob Brady, who played a key role in establishing the Philadelphia Traditions Fund, which will pay much of the costs of 10 parades, including the Mummers, for the next few years, expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the city and in its moving to making the parade “really enjoyable.” He also suggested that he and the Mayor work on getting back to the city the “Show of Shows,” which has been taking place in recent years each February in Atlantic City. If a return to Philadelphia happens, it would likely be in 2012. The “Show” has already been booked for 2011 in AC.
The parade route performance areas, or zones, will be at Broad and Shunk, Broad and Wolf, Broad and Washington, Broad and Pine and the main judging area, 15th and Market. Some of these locations will have dj’s. City officials say families can “warm up and enjoy additional entertainment at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts at Broad and Washington and at the Kimmel Center at Broad and Spruce. ” The String Bands likely will have a couple of other music only locations, not the full drill, such as at Broad and Snyder. 10,000 Mummers are expected to strut up Broad Street. The parade will be see on PHL17 in the Philadelphia region and portions of the parade will also be viewed on stations in Harrisburg/York, Washington, DC and New York. Photos and video will also be posted on myphl17.com.