PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Final preparations are under way for Philadelphia’s most colorful celebration — the 111th annual Mummers Parade.

The parade gets its official start ten hours into the New Year at Broad and Washington. Comics, Fancies and String Bands will march up Broad to City Hall, while Fancy Brigades will take a shorter walk. Their musical and visual extravaganzas will be staged at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, with shows at Noon and 5 o’clock.

Jim Bradley says expect a spectacle, “You’re going to see graveyards, you’re going to see flying carpets, you’re going to see a giant snow man.”

What’s most remarkable — these guys aren’t professionals. “All the stuff you see in the shows is basically done by regular Joes off the street.”

Tickets for  both shows can be bought at the door, but quantities for the later one, when the judging takes place, are limited.

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio

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