The 2020 Mummers in pictures

JB Farley of the Golden Sunrise Fancy Club takes a picture during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia on Jan. 1.
DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
JB Farley of the Golden Sunrise Fancy Club takes a picture during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia on Jan. 1.

Now in its 120th year, the Mummers Parade draws thousands of people together for an all-day celebration of marching and music in a unique Philadelphia tradition that can be traced to early Swedish settlers. Over the centuries other immigrant groups brought their own traditions to celebrating the New Year and the parade evolved in the 19th century from public partying in the city’s working-class neighborhoods.

Originally called the Shooters Parade, because of the long tradition of firing guns off into the air, the current name comes from the mummers folk plays, an English tradition since the 13th century, which can be etymologically traced back to Momus, the god of satire, mockery, and poets in Greek mythology.

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