The trip is exodus from recent sadness.
At MummerFest, fans can see the Fancy Brigades practice and can get a look at some of the costumes, props and floats.
The final result of the Mummers Parade is a dazzling array of color and sound.
The big event will take place on New Year’s Day.
“You can only get this in Philadelphia,” says mayor Michael Nutter, “but it’s also the oldest continuous folk festival in the world.”
The Fancy Brigades are the folks who strut indoors, at the Convention Center, with building-size floats and recorded music timed to compliment their choreography.
This year the drag queens, back for the second year, will be joined by a brand new group of marchers.
Chris reviews the battles over the past two weeks regarding the fiscal cliff, the Hurricane Sandy relief package, and the shakeup Corey Booker is causing in New Jersey. He talks to CSN Philly’s Ray Didinger on the Eagles search for their next head coach, Michael Bronstein and Jeff Roe on the Monday Morning Matchup about the increase in the payroll tax and President Obama’s selection of Chuck Hagel’s selection as Secretary of Defense.
The parade route follows the tradition, going up Broad Street, past City Hall, then onto JFK Boulevard.
The Mummers are taking the next couple of days to perfect their performances before Tuesday’s extravaganza and the public is invited to watch.
With the Mummers Parade right around the corner, “fancy” brigades have begun setting up shop inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the indoor showcase on New Year’s Day.
The goal, officials said, is a great experience for the thousands of spectators, with five performance zones along the parade route, including an expanded one at Broad and Ritner.
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter says the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration seems to get better every year.
Chris details Michael Nutter’s efforts to push the President’s fiscal cliff agenda, the fire that destroyed a Mummers String Band’s props, the battle over beach tags and Jersey Shore relief aid, and the speculation surrounding Corey Booker’s potential challenge to Chris Christie in New Jersey. He talks to Alexander Fondrier, the CEO of dating sites based on finding a political match, Dr. Ian O’Neill about the Mayan Calendar, and Comedian Evan Sayet.
Chris recounts the available details of Mitt Romney’s lunch with President Obama yesterday and previews the President’s event today at a toy factory in Hatfield. He talks to Steve Cordasco about the impending fiscal cliff on Finance Friday, New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty, CBS 3’s Beasley Reece, and Comedian Hal Sparks.