January 02, 2022
The 2022 Mummers Parade arrived (albeit delayed) to Philadelphia for the first time since in over a year on Sunday. Though the Fancy Brigade still performed as planned on New Year's Day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, residents and visitors still flocked to Center City on Sunday morning as the Mummers processed and performed along South Broad Street.
Last year's Mummers Parade was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, and though omicron continues to surge across Philadelphia and the rest of the country, the city decided to proceed with the festivities anyway.
Those who couldn't make to in-person to the festivities could watch the parade live on Philadelphia's local news affiliate stations. Here are some reactions—both supportive and critical—from social media over the past few hours as the Mummers Parade is underway.
Trying to explain Mummers to non-Philadelphians is difficult. Think Mardi Gras, grown white men in full whimsical costume & headdress.— Jay Perk 😷 (@JohnathanPerk) January 2, 2022
Then make it racist (I’ve seen Blackface), choreographed, much more drunken & belligerent. Yet somehow still a thing on New Years Day in Philly.
Though many of the Mummers were unmasked throughout the day on Sunday, some groups exercised caution amid rising COVID-19 cases due to the surging omicron variant.
Though the official 2021 parade was cancelled last year amid COVID-19 concerns, a smaller, protest parade was held along 2nd Street in South Philadelphia. The "New Year's Day Peaceful Protest Against Jim Kenney" arrived as Philly had continued to ban large-scale gatherings throughout the pandemic.
During the last official Mummers Parade, Mayor Kenney threatened to cancel the Mummers following the use of blackface during a performance by Mummers club Froggy Carr, noting that the organizers need to make changes.
Those who want to catch up on the indoor portion of the 2022 Mummers Parade, which took place on New Year's Day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, can find clips of several performances, including that of the Saturnalian Fancy Brigade, through PHL17's ongoing coverage.
My favorite response to the Mummers Parade being postponed due to rain ☂ pic.twitter.com/WJ16Jy7vZ1— Mike Bishop (@_MikeBishop) December 31, 2021
Here comes the good stuff! My favorite part of the Mummers Parade, the string bands!!! pic.twitter.com/vRPQWQ7ake— 𝔾𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣 𝕃𝕪𝕟 🔔 (@GingerLyn_V2) January 2, 2022
mummers parade is the philly met gala— julia🦕 (@ogbvlesky) January 2, 2022