The Mummers Parade 2017

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In Philly, the New Year’s party doesn’t stop after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. In fact, some would say it doesn’t even get started until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, when 10,000 colorfully costumed Mummers line up to strut, sashay and pirouette their way down Broad Street.

Mummers are men and women of all ages who belong to more than 40 organized clubs that make up the parade participants. The clubs are split into five categories — Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades — that function mainly to stage playful performances on New Year’s Day.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and continues into the evening, ending approximately at 6 p.m. City Hall marks the starting point, with a judging station situated at 15th and Market streets.

Click Here to read about more things to do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. 

 


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park.

A cold-weather version of the rollerskating oasis BlueCrossRiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majesticly lit holiday tree (over 100,000 LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

Now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth season as Winterfest, Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia. The experience of Winterfest as a whole is an annual favorite among those of every age, offering plenty of special events throughout the season as well as daily entertainment, food and drinks.

Admission and Hours
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open seven days a week, including all holidays, from November 25, 2016 to March 5, 2017.

General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is FREE. Skate rental and admission is not included.

Learn more about RiverRink Winterfest


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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Philly gift ideas

Below are local Philly gift ideas. Happy holiday shopping!

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1) South Fellini Philly-themed pins. Intent on showing off the “pretty and gritty” of South Philly, South Fellini’s Tony Trov and Johnny Zito opened their East Passyunk Avenue novelty shop this year for precisely this sort of occasion. Go for the pins –ideally the Wawa Jawn, but their newly released East Passyunk logo pins will also do just fine. ($12, SouthFellini.com or 1507 E. Passyunk Ave.)

2) Michael Malizia custom drawings. Wanting something a little more personal? Hoboken sketch artist Michael Malizia transforms memories – think: photos of a since-gone pet or a scene from a home video – into an artwork. This is one that, surely, will stick around for generations. ($650-plus, MyLifeStudioArt.com)

3) Yowie bottle opener. Most of us can agree that bottle openers aren’t the most sightly objects stocking our kitchen. Yowie, the online shop that operates out of the Italian Market, is offering a colorful Pat Kim bottle opener that promises to not “be banished into the utensil drawer.” Sold. ($36, ShopYowie.com)

4) Japanese-style apron. This open-back apron is made from reclaimed linens with customizable pockets. To boot, 25 percent of proceeds are forwarded to Urban Agriculture. Consider it a good starter gift for the family’s cook-in-training. ($88, TheKitchenGardenSeries.com)

5) Philadelphia tree ornament. If the tree’s looking devoid of Philly representation this year, this one’s a no-brainer as a stocking stuffer or bonus gift for mom or dad. Go with the AIA Design Center’s ornament, which packs in depictions of One Liberty Place, City Hall and the Liberty Bell. ($25, AIABookstore.com or 1218 Arch St.)


Read the original article for even more gift ideas!


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Decorating Your New Home For The Holidays

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Decorations are an essential part of getting in the holiday spirit! Here are some small tips to get creative with in order to make your new home look extra festive for this winter holiday season with little time and effort:

  1. Use any extra ornaments for an ornament display. Place sparkling and colorful ornaments on a cake stand around with leaves for a beautifully simple centerpiece or table decoration.
  2. Greenery will surely add a festive touch in your home, whether its along a staircase or even around a doorway. This will create a very inviting atmosphere in your home. The same thing can be done with lights!
  3. Decorate a small artificial white tree with holiday items. Candy canes, bows and mints will make a stunning display on any table.
  4. A festive chandelier-like decoration can be made from clustering ornaments, tying different colored bows on them and hanging them from the ceiling or door frame.
  5. With a simple touch of spray paint, a frosting look can be added to a wreath to transform it into a winter decoration. Put on gold or any other holiday colored leaves to add a pop of color.
  6. Filling a snifter with different kinds of shiny silver bells will add some sparkle to your dining room table.

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