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Fall in line for nation's best parades

Philadelphia Mummers String Band. (file photo)
Philadelphia Mummers String Band. (file photo)

Everybody loves a parade, and the last week has seen its share of them across the United States. The best thing about them? They're free. offers this list of the top 10 U.S. parades.

National Geographic lists Philadelphia's Mummers Parade on New Year's Day atop its list and writes:

The costumed revelers of this unique New Year’s Day tradition have paraded the streets of Philadelphia since the 1800s and trace their roots back to even older European traditions. Elaborately costumed dancers, drillers, and musicians entertain onlookers en route to City Hall, where judges select the best Fancies, Wenches, Comics, and String Bands.

But of course, you already knew that.

More coverage
  • Pete Ciarrocchi chronicles a Mummer's life weeks before the big parade
  • Check out the complete list below, or vist National Geographic for descriptions of each parade.

    The Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Philadelphia

    Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    The Rose Parade,Pasadena, Calif.

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, N.Y.

    Fourth of July Midnight Parade, Gatlinburg, Tenn.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade, Boston

    Mardi Gras, New Orleans

    The Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Saint Paul, Minn.

    Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco

    Inaugural Parade, Washington, D.C.

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