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Mummers Parade 2011 in Philadelphia, PA : Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalias where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange.  This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year.  Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Years day in Philadelphia date back before the revolution.  Prizes were offered by merchants in the late 1800′s.  January 1, 1901 was the first “official” parade offered about $1,725 in prize money from the city.

The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia.  Clubs work on the costumes and practice all year for their one day in the sun (…wind, rain or snow).  There are many lively discussions over the scoring by the judges and adherence to the complicated set of rules the marchers must follow when being judged.  String Bands are judged on their musical presentation as well as the costumes.  Seeing and hearing a String Band performing live in the parade is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Comic clubs tradition from ancient Greek god Momus who was the personification of mockery, blame, ridicule, scorn, raillery and stinging criticism.  Momus was expelled from heaven for his/her criticisms and ridicule of the gods.  The comic clubs continue to raise controversy over these themes they use in the parade that make fun of current issues and news stories such as issues involving religion, ethnicity, and feminism.  Many Mummers parade controversies over polices, such as the exclusion of women and the use of black-face, lasted many years.

The outdoor parade was postponed in 2003, the first time in 13 years .  There have been 22 weather-related postponements  since 1922.  There was no parade in 1919 due to WW1 and in 1934 due to the depression and the lack of prize money.

Mummers Parade 2011 in Philadelphia, PA

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Satur ...

Updated: Oct 28, 2014 3:01pm PST

Forbidden Drive in Wissahocken : This is a great beginner ride that's suitable for the entire family. Your ride starts from the parking area on Bells Mills Road and takes the gentile gravel road down to Lincoln Drive and back. There are numerous sights and many places to stop along Wissahickon Creek, so pack a lunch, bring the family, and enjoy one of Philadelphia's most beautiful areas. Terrain: An easy gravel path that follows Forbidden Drive along Wissahickon Creek.

Forbidden Drive in Wissahocken

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

This is a great beginner ride that's suitable for the entire family. Y ...

Updated: Oct 23, 2014 12:30pm PST

Philly Interesting Scenics : Philadelphia  is the largest city in Pennsylvania, sixth-most-populous city in the United States and the Fifty-First most populous city in the world.
In 2008, the population of the city proper was estimated to be more than 1.54 million, while the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area's population of 5.8 million made it the country's fifth largest. The city, which lies about 45 miles  southwest of New York City, is the nation's fourth-largest urban area by population and its fourth-largest consumer media market as ranked by the Nielsen Media Research.
It is the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia include Philly and The City of Brotherly Love, from the literal meaning of the city's name in Greek (Greek: Φιλαδέλφεια (/pʰilaˈdelpʰeːa/, Modern Greek: /filaˈðɛlfia/) "brotherly love", compounded from philos (φίλος) "love", and adelphos (ἀδελφός) "brother").

Philly Interesting Scenics

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, sixth-most-populous ...

Updated: Oct 20, 2014 9:25am PST

West River Drive : West River Drive is closed on weekends so people can recreate - open to all pedestrians, bicyclists, walkers, runners, etc... Great fun without cars.

West River Drive

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

West River Drive is closed on weekends so people can recreate - open t ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2014 1:47pm PST

Philadelphia : It's name meaning the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia was essential to the formative years of the United States. It continues to serve as a vibrant center of religious and social freedom, these qualities deeply rooted in the founders’ strong beliefs in tolerance. Philadelphia served as the permanent home to significant historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin and the financiers of the American Revolution.

Philadelphia

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

It's name meaning the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia was essenti ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2014 11:44am PST

Azalea Garden..Fairmount Park Commission : This picturesque gateway to Fairmount Park's famous Boathouse Row area is certainly a beautiful place to visit. One of the most popular public spaces in the Philadelphia area, it attracts families, recreational walkers and garden lovers. Countless wedding ceremonies too have been set against its beautiful backdrop.<br />
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In 1952, the Azalea Garden was donated to Fairmount Park. Since 1989 it has been restored on several occasions with joint partnerships involving the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Fairmount Park Commission.<br />
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Located on the magnificent grounds of Philadelphia's Museum of Art, it's Philadelphia's most recognized garden with over four acres of luminous plantings. 150 different species of azaleas and rhododendrons intermingle with irises, tulips, sycamores, oaks and hundreds of blooming annuals and perennials.

Azalea Garden..Fairmount Park Commission

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

This picturesque gateway to Fairmount Park's famous Boathouse Row area ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2014 11:25am PST

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