By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a fan-friendly change coming to the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day, all because of what otherwise is a pain in the neck.
An all-star Mummers troupe filled the Mayor’s Reception Monday room with their music, bookending announcements of the New Year’s Day tradition.
The strut will be up Broad Street with the usual performance and viewing areas there. But Dilworth Plaza west of City Hall is out of commission for improvements, so Deputy Mayor Michael DeBerardinis says there’s a walk around the corner.
“We’re moving the performance area on JFK between 15th and 16th, and on top of that, we’re having one of those big screen Jumbotrons, which is the first time,” DeBerardinis explained.
So you can love the Mummers from LOVE Park but at a cost of $19.
The Fancy Brigades march only a part of the route, but perform twice indoors at the Convention Center.
The watch words for the upcoming strut are “family friendly” and “fan accessible.”