Schedule: The various divisions begin their struts up Broad Street at different times and from different locations:

Viewing areas: Free along Broad Street, with some of the best views in the judging area on JFK Boulevard between 15th and 16th. Bleacher seats will be available there for $19.50. Tickets can be purchased at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market; Welcome Center, 16th and JFK Boulevard; or by calling the Visitor Center at 215-965-7676.

Performance areas: There are four along Broad: at Shunk, Washington, Pine, and Sansom.

Fancy Brigade Finale: It's Mardi Gras meets Broadway at the Convention Center as 11 Fancy Brigade clubs and more than 3,500 performers present two shows: a family affair at noon and an evening performance at 5 p.m. Tickets, from $13 to $20, can be purchased at or at 1-800-298-4200.

TV coverage: On PHL17, beginning with pre-parade coverage at 9 a.m.

Rain date: Jan. 4, or if that day is bad, Jan. 5.

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