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Nov 24 2015

Mummers 101: The Scoop On Philly's New Year's Day Tradition

New Division, Improved Route, Same Awesome Time

New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 116-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. 

Last year, the Mummers tweaked tradition and shifted the parade route, marching in a different direction (north to south) with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.

Once again, the nation’s oldest folk parade surprises audiences with

Nov 20 2015 The Official Visitor's Guide For The Holidays In Philly

Lights, Attractions, Shopping, Shows, Ice Skating & The Mummers

The best way to plan festive getaways and experiences in Philadelphia: The region’s official visitor website features the definitive guide for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Also getting in on the seasonal spirit, blog will publish holiday-related news through the New Year.

Here’s a look at the features of the online guide:

  • Thanksgiving: The festive season starts with the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade. People can plan their celebrations on the website with the parade route and map and the day-by-day guide to Thanksgiving week.
  • Holiday Shopping: Independent shops and well-known stores—Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack,
Oct 28 2015

Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can't-Miss Classics

The Mummers Add A New Division To Their New Year’s Day Parade

The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. This year, the Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s oldest and proudly quirkiest New Year’s Day tradition, gets a new look with the addition of a new division—the first since 1978. Joining the Comic, Fancy, Wench, String Band and Fancy Brigades on the march along Broad Street will be the Philadelphia division, which includes costumed marchers from the city’s numerous

Jun 18 2015

Philadelphia Rocks The Fourth With 48 Hours Of Fun

National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration Adds Rainbow Colors To Red, White & Blue Festivities

As the calendar zooms towards Independence Day, Philadelphia, where the nation was born 239 years ago, revs up for a full week of flag-waving, heart-swelling, hand-clapping, patriotic fun. The annual Wawa Welcome America! celebration lasts for an entire week, and come Friday, July 3, the revelry really picks up with 48 hours of fun. That means patriotic ceremonies, parades, concerts, fireworks and festivities that mark the 50th anniversary of a protest demonstration that laid the groundwork for LGBT civil rights. Here’s a look at what’s happening on July 3 and 4:

July 3:

  1. Visitors are free to celebrate
Jun 4 2015

Now Playing In Philadelphia: Big Events & Openings

Tall Ships, World Meeting Of Families, Liberty One Observation Deck, Alice In Wonderland & More Pack The Calendar

With 2015 comes plenty of reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. In fact, The New York Times ranked Philly at the #3 spot in its influential article of the
“52 Places to Go in 2015.”

So what’s on the calendar for the rest of the year? The Tall Ships festival, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring 80 works by a who’s-who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at

Apr 8 2015

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk (Manayunk Arts Festival), a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street (Odunde), a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue (Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day), a weekend celebrating all-things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill (Harry Potter Festival) or a gathering of would-be scientists at multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (Philadelphia Science Festival). Philly’s neighborhoods make merry all year long with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for

Apr 3 2015

Philly Celebrates The Fourth Of July In Star-Spangled Style

Tall Ships, Gay Rights Celebrations & Fireworks Highlight Eight Days Of Family-Friendly Fun

When Fourth of July rolls around, Philadelphia—America’s birthplace—paints the town red, white and blue thanks to eight days of music, exhibitions, Colonial characters and re-enactments, patriotic ceremonies and fireworks. This year, the city amps up the revelry surrounding the annual Wawa Welcome America! festivities with Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden, the largest sailing event in North America; and a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement.

Here are a few highlights of Philadelphia’s patriotic party:

  • The billowing sails of more than a dozen majestic vessels mark the arrival of the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival. Docked
Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local

Jan 16 2014

Quirky Events In Philadelphia

Gay Bingo, Bad Movies, Racing Grandpas & Other Zany Events Make Philly Fun All Year Long

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:


  • The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
Nov 13 2013

Story Starters: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

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Nation’s First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style

Nov 11 2013

Video Alert: Take A Look Inside Philadelphia's Annual New Year's Day Mummers Parade

Six Short Videos Focus On The Parade’s People, Costumes, Choreography & Sets

On January 1, 2014, the Mummers will make their 114th march up Broad Street in the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade, a spectacle that’s in full view in Visit Philadelphia’s Behind the Sequins: Showtime for the Philadelphia Mummers video series. Six free-standing videos tell the Mummers’ story through the people who make the costumes, choreograph the routines, build the sets and march in the parade.

There are two components to the day-long parade, much of which is documented in the 90-second videos: a festive march up Broad Street that begins in South Philadelphia and ends at City Hall

Oct 23 2013

Lights, Camera, Holidays: Where To See Philadelphia All Aglow

Franklin Square & RiverRink Sparkle With New Holiday Light Displays This Year

Dark winter nights turn glittery and bright with holiday lights that shimmer and shine all across Philadelphia and The Countryside®. With new displays at Franklin Square and the Blue Cross RiverRink, the season takes on a magical glow as a number of local attractions and neighborhoods pump up the power and light up the skies with sparkling colors and elaborate light displays like these shining examples:

Bright Lights, Big City:

  • The holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park begins with the new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, featuring a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights
Apr 11 2011

Philly Homegrown™ Cooks Up Ideas For Easter And Passover Meals

Spring Brings A New Crop Of In-Season Ingredients

Experienced cooks and novices looking to create an Easter meal or Passover Seder can head to Philly Homegrown™’s for information on where to buy the freshest local ingredients and recipes on how to use them. Here’s a look at what’s cooking in April on

For Passover, foodies will find:

  • Bakeries selling locally baked matzo
  • Restaurants offering Seder catering options
  • How Chef Michael Solomonov of acclaimed Israeli restaurant Zahav does Passover, along with his Charoset recipe using local apples and honey

For Easter, the site features:

  • A round-up of local bakeries (think South Philly legends Termini Bros.

Tagged: Holidays, Local Food
Nov 30 2010

Give The Gift Of Philly This Holiday Season

Gift Recipients Will Swoon Over Philly-Themed Tees, Totes, Sports Gear & Stationery

Shoppers making their lists and checking them twice can give the gift of Philly this holiday season thanks to new lines offering Philadelphia-inspired goods. From retro tees and soft pretzel-adorned onsies to authentic sports gear and Liberty Bell-emblazoned chocolates, the gifts are perfect for Philly fans of all ages and persuasions. Here’s how gift givers can show some Philly love this holiday season:

  • This newly launched online boutique pays homage to Philadelphia neighborhoods, schools, nightclubs, restaurants and more from the 1950s through 90s—think The Black Banana nightclub, St. Maria Goretti High School, Electric Factory and The Arena for

Tagged: Holidays, Shopping
Nov 12 2010

Give Thanks For These Turkey Day Recipes

Philly Homegrown™ Cooks Up Ideas For New & Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Dishes

Experienced cooks and Turkey Day novices eager to give their Thanksgiving dinner extra yum appeal can head straight to Philly Homegrown™’s to score recipes for all aspects of their mammoth meal, which they’re encouraged to use local ingredients to prepare. Submitted by top local chefs, the recipes—from a classically prepared turkey to a not-so-typical oyster hash—will satisfy seafood lovers, vegetarians and others partaking in the annual dining feast. Here’s a look at what’s cooking in the Now in Season section of

  • Appetizers: Oyster hash recipe courtesy of Mike Stollenwerk, chef/owner of Fish and Fathom Seafood House; blended
Jun 27 2008

Travelocity's Names Philadelphia One Of "10 US Cities With Tourism Sites To See"

Blog Calls “Undeniably Fresh”

IgoUgo travel blog, a partner of Travelocity, named Philadelphia one of  “10 US Cities with Tourism Sites to See” this month. The trip planning Web site called, Greater Philadelphia’s official tourism Web site, “undeniably fresh” and “full of multimedia options” and went on to say, “But besides being up-to-date, informative, and easy to use … it’s just plain fun.”

May 5 2008

Mother's Day Marks Its 100th Anniversary In 2008: Philadelphia Resident Anna Jarvis Conceived National Holiday

Philadelphia, The City Of Motherly Love, Will Honor Moms On Saturday, May 10, 2008

To mark the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, started by Philadelphia resident and West Virginia native Anna Jarvis to honor her mother Anna Marie, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and the Office of the City Representative are organizing the City of Motherly Love" celebration on Saturday, May 10, 2008. The open-to-the-public event will take place at 12:00 noon at the Wanamaker Building, where the first Mother’s Day celebration took place in 1908 thanks to Philadelphia entrepreneur John Wanamaker. (Another Mother’s Day commemoration took place simultaneously in West Virginia.) The building is located at 13th and Market Streets


Tagged: Events, Holidays
Jan 24 2007

Updated Takes On Chocolate Sweeten Valentine's Day In Philly

Region Serves Up Creative Ways To Indulge In All-Things Chocolate

Couples seeking to sweeten up their sweeties with chocolate this Valentine’s Day have many delectable choices in Philadelphia and The Countryside. For starters, every weekend in February, Chaddsford Winery is inviting couples to sample sweet wines paired with chocolate from nearby Eclat Chocolate. And, when it comes to wine, chocolate and love, there’s little reason not to indulge in further temptations:

Sensual Snacking:

  • With a name like Naked Chocolate Café, it’s no surprise locals are buzzing about the city’s newest confectionary shop. Already known for its frozen hot chocolate and Aztec drinking chocolate, Naked Chocolate cultivates the sensual

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Dec 16 2014

Four Reasons To Spend New Year's Eve & Day In Philly

Two Fireworks Shows, One Day-Long Parade & One Great Hotel Deal

Those who want to start 2015 in a big way can do that easily and affordably in Philadelphia thanks to two fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, the day-long Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day and a hotel package that includes free hotel parking.

New Year’s Eve:
Philadelphia hosts plenty of parties for New Year’s Eve, but Penn’s Landing is the place to be for those who want a prime view of the SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. The shows light up the sky over the Delaware River two times—at 6:00 p.m. and again at

Oct 31 2014

How To Celebrate The Holidays In Philadelphia

New Attractions, A Festive Phlash Route & Tax-Free Shopping, For Starters

There’s plenty to do in Philadelphia from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day—both traditional favorites such as the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and fun new additions like the skating rink at City Hall’s Dilworth Park. Add in great new shops and tax-free shopping, a new nighttime shuttle service to popular holiday attractions and the in-demand Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package (car stays free) for a holiday experience that’s sure to leave lasting memories.

Here’s how to do the holidays in Philadelphia and The Countryside®:

What To Do: New & Classic Musts:
Philadelphia is adding plenty of sparkle to this year’s