Philadelphia

NEW YEAR’S EVENT DETAILS FOR PHILADELPHIA REGION 2014 – 2015 – The Mummers New Route

Mayors
Michael A. Nutter and Dana Redd of Camden, New Jersey, announced their
Cities’ plans to make the Philadelphia region the best place to
celebrate the New Year.  Featured events include the SugarHouse New
Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6PM
and midnight on New Year’s Eve and the Mummers Parade on Broad Street
on New Year’s Day.
 
“There
is no better place to spend the New Year than in Philadelphia,” said
Mayor Nutter.  “The Mummers Parade and the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve
Fireworks on the
Waterfront are both family affairs.  The majority of the Mummer
performers are proudly following in the footsteps of their parents,
aunt, uncles and older siblings.   The New Year’s Eve fireworks will
once again be presented at two times: 6pm and midnight,
to accommodate families and folks who may have other plans at
midnight.  So, come to our beautiful city on New Year’s Eve, watch the
fireworks, stay overnight in one of our great hotels, and celebrate on
Broad Street with the Mummers on New Year’s Day – it’s
a great way to ring in the New Year.”
Mayor
Redd said, “The City of Camden is thrilled to celebrate another New
Year’s Eve with its sister city, Philadelphia. The SugarHouse New Year’s
Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront represents
a unique collaboration between our two great cities and numerous
public-private partnerships that are helping to transform our
waterfronts into a world-class destination.”
The SugarHouse New
Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront is an annual tradition with twice
the fireworks and twice the fun on December 31st. 
Spectators can enjoy unique, choreographed and synchronized
soundtracks to fireworks launched from barges in the middle of the
Delaware River and heard on both the Philadelphia and Camden
waterfronts.  KYW Newsradio will also broadcast the official soundtrack
to both shows.  The midnight show will be televised live
by CBS3 following a special pre-show of events leading up to the
countdown. 
“For the past four
years, we’ve had a blast being part of Philly’s biggest New Year’s
celebrations,” said Wendy Hamilton, General Manager of SugarHouse
Casino. “We’re glad we have the opportunity to keep these
traditions alive for the thousands of Philadelphians and visitors who
come to the Delaware River Waterfront and Broad Street every New Year’s.
With our property’s next grand opening right around the corner, 2015 is
going to be a big year for us, and we can’t
wait to ring it in.”
Tom Corcoran, President, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), said,“We’re proud to once again produce the
two  SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, it’s
one big celebration that brings together two cities and attracts
thousands of visitors to the Delaware River Waterfront to celebrate the
new year.”
In addition to hosting
the New Year’s Eve fireworks, DRWC is celebrating the holidays with Blue
Cross RiverRink Winterfest. This seasonal park at the Blue Cross
RiverRink includes a ski-chalet style lodge, food
and beverages by Garces Events, Art Star gift shop, a light display
including one of the city’s largest Christmas trees and a winter garden
complete with rocking chairs and fire pits. 
The
2015 Philadelphia Mummers Parade will follow a new route on Broad
Street STARTING AT City Hall to Washington Avenue in Philadelphia beginning at
10AM on January
1st.  Spectators are invited to enjoy the parade from three
special performance zones as more than 10,000 glittering and colorful
Mummers strut and dance down Broad Street.
The
Philadelphia Mummers Parade features five divisions, each with its own
artistry, sound and customs. Leading the Parade are the Fancies, with
their sequin-studded
lavish costumes and feathered glamour.  Next are the Comics, who parody
hot political issues and pop culture. Then it’s the men of the Comic
Wench brigades in bonnets and bloomers, waving multi-tiered parasols. 
Finally, after all 17 brigades are judged, the
String Bands will march down Broad Street entertaining the crowds with
their intricate musical arrangements combining string, reed and
percussion instruments. 
For
the ultimate view of the Fancies’, Comics’, Wenches’ and String Bands’
first performance before the Judges, the Grand Stand entertainment zone,
on Dilworth
Plaza at 15th and Market Streets, will feature more than
1,200 ticketed bleacher seats.
  Additional drill spots are located at
the Union League at Broad and Sansom Streets (pictured above) and at Broad and Carpenter
Streets.
  Tickets for the Mummers Parade Grand
Stand bleacher seats ($20), Fancy Brigade Family Show ($28), Fancy
Brigade Finale ($23), and MummersFest ($5) are available by calling 1-800-537-7676, or can be purchased in person at the Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market Streets or
at the Welcome Center on 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. 

Philly.com has a great illustration map of the 2015 Mummers Parade Route

Another
family friendly activity for fans is MummersFest at the Pennsylvania
Convention Center, a four-day festival from Friday, December 28 through
Monday,
December 31 which provides a sneak peek into the making of the Mummers
Fancy Brigade Finale. The interactive event offers families
opportunities to try on Mummers costumes, watch the clubs rehearse, go
on a backstage tour, participate in crafts, and even learn
to strut.
Michael
DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources
said, “This parade is a symbol of Philadelphia culture
and Parks and Recreation is proud to be the host of this annual family
event. We are also excited to be collaborating this year with the
Mayor’s office, Sugar House casino, and the Delaware River Water Front
to provide our residents with an unforgettable New
Year experience.”
Get the latest news and information on Philadelphia’s holiday happenings at
www.VisitPhilly.com/holidays
For more information on the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the
Waterfront and the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, visit: http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/press-room
For more information on the 2015 Mummers Parade, visit: www.phillymummers.com.