If you’re in Philly over the holiday season, be prepared for a one-of-a-kind visit. After you ring in the new year at The Bellevue Hotel, you’ll wake to a packed street outside on New Year’s Day. Discover the Mummers Parade—one of the nation’s oldest folk festivals—on its annual march down the Avenue of the Arts.
Glimpse artistic scenery, vivid costumes, comic skits, and string bands pass by as local clubs compete in an hours-long song and dance spectacle. The event dates back to 1901, and these days, nearly 10,000 participate. City Hall is the place to catch the most elaborate performances and skits, but the streets outside The Bellevue Hotel also provide a prime view.