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The 2012 Mummers Parade: A New Years Day Tradition of Fantastic Costumes, Partying, and of Course Debauchery

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Ok folks. For those of you who are just getting out of bed after a night of New Year's Eve partying, clean out the cobwebs and turn on PHL17. 2012 Mummer's Parade

The 2012 Mummers Parade is underway in Philadelphia and is sponsored by Sugarhouse Casino. Each year this yearly tradition (this is the 112th one) marks the day when blue collar men dress up in flamboyant costumes.

It's also a day of partying, fun, and (good) debauchery on the streets of downtown Philadelphia. There is no other day of the year when you can watch fat guys dressed up like Lady Gaga and dancing to Poker Face. It's truly a national treasure and it's all ours in the Philadelphia region! It's also the nation's oldest parade with roots dating back to the mid-1600's. Take that New York and Boston! We have you beat there!

Just like last year, the weather is going to be phenomenal this year. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50's and rain won't arrive until well after the festivities are over with.

Coverage can be found on PHL17 in the Philadelphia area. NBC 10's Steve Highsmith is once again on the broadcast. 93.3 WMMR's Pierre Robert also stopped in briefly to join the telecast. NBC10's Tim Furlong and other regular NBC10 reporters are on the street.

As far as the parade route goes - the parade started at Shunk and Broad Street at 9 A.M. with the first performers making the trek up to City Hall. The rest of the bands will follow at 12 to 13-minute intervals. And, a string band will appear at City Hall at around 2 P.M.

The Mummer's Day 2012 parade route map can be downloaded here.

Here is the order of the march for Mummer's Day Parade 2012.

For those of you who missed yesterday's Flyers - Ranger's Winter Classic Alumni game you can watch that on your DVR and tune into the Mummer's Parade on your laptop. To watch the 2012 Mummer's Parade on the web check - here is a link to the live stream on MYPHL's site.

Each year it's a challenge to pool together funds and resources for The Mummers Parade, so to support the effort go to http://www.savethemummers.com/ to help save the Mummers! Be sure to check out myphl17.com for photos of the Mummers. The parade is expected to run 6 1/2 hours long this year. As of noon there is plenty of partying to do!

Mummer's parade photo from philadelphia.about.com

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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