Start strutting: It's Mummers time

You might say the "ones" have it.

Philadelphia on Jan. 1 - that's 1/1/11 - is preparing to host the 111th Mummers Parade, and city officials are billing it as the most family- and spectator-friendly event yet.

For starters, bleachers, bathrooms and food will be available at all six performance areas, which this year also includes Pine and Broad Streets. The others will also be along Broad, at Shunk, Wolf, Washington, and Sansom, and at 15th and Market Streets.

About 10,000 Mummers are expected to participate.

The parade is set to kick off at 10 a.m. at Broad Street and Washington Avenue.

Announcing the details of this year's parade this morning, both Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady also vowed to do what they can to move the Show of Shows, which takes place in March, from Atlantic City to Philadelphia. "We're going to raise the money," Brady said, adding the indoor show would appeal to older Philadelphians including his 86-year-old mother.

The parade this year will cost an estimated $91,000 in city services, according to the city's Mummers Parade Director, Leo Dignam. Those expenses are expected to be paid from a fund Brady helped create that he said is flush enough to cover expenses for the Mummers and city ethnic parades for five years. Organizers of those events no longer have to pay for police overtime because of a recently passed City Council bill.



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