Libbie the Lobster

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New Year’s Day in Philly


Have you ever seen the New Year’s Day celebration in downtown Philadelphia. mummers-parade-three-guys The Mummers Parade is something not to be missed. Having lived in the city at 11th and Pine Streets, and 16th and Lombard, and 17th and Spruce and well you get the picture. I lived in several downtown places from ages 25 to 37 but one thing was consistent and that was that every year on New Year’s Day, I would stand with friends on the sidewalk among throngs of onlookers to watch 10,000 men and women strut, dance and twirl in their colorfully lavish costumes along Broad Street. Mummers021-RKennedy-587

Nothing could compare to being on the sidelines as each group showed off their richly designed costumes and strutted like proud peacocks in unison. The excitement was contagious. The well choreographed performances set to banjos and string bands added to the carnival-like atmosphere. filtered-excellence-mummers

This year, living near the beach in Florida, I look back on those days in the big city partying with the best of them on new Year’s Day with fond memories and gratitude for having had the experience.

Happy New Year Everyone!


Author: Libbie The Lobster

I am a writer and a co-author of the children's book, Saving Libbie the Lobster, with Heather Chalmers. Our story is based on the true adventure of how we rescued a rare yellow lobster from our local supermarket.

8 thoughts on “New Year’s Day in Philly

  1. We always miss what we don’t have 🙂

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  2. I went to Univ of PA and taught in Philly in the 90s but actually never stayed up and out for the Eve. Wow, I had no idea! Showing these shots to my 7-ry-old. He’s a drummer (for real. He’s performed.) Happy new yr.

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    • University of Pennsylvania is an awesome school. I’m glad you liked the blog. There are plenty more videos on YouTube. Maybe you and your son can watch a few. I watched several today. Those were amazingly fun times for me. I am very grateful to be living in Florida now, right near the beach though where it is warmer and not so crowded. I hope your son enjoys his drumming. Happy New Year to you.


  3. It has all been quite amazing and so very much fun. I laugh all the time these days. Writing a children’s book and seeing the children laugh is such a wonderful gift. My co-author, partner in crime and friend, Heather Chalmers and I are all set to go into almost all of the elementary schools in our county this month. What a blast for an old(er) woman like me!


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