KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Mummers Mardi Gras

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Mummers Mardi Gras

What is Mummers Mardi Gras?

Mummers Mardi Gras is a traditional celebration that ties New Orleans culture to Philadelphian traditions. Hosted on historic Main Street, Manayunk, Mummers provides families and community members with a lively experience from 16 different string bands.The event will host many different activities such as food and drink, photo opportunities, and more! Get up close and personal with the Mummers at their designated clubhouses while you enjoy traditional Manayunk cuisine and a cold drink! Come keep the tradition alive at Mummers Mardi Gras this upcoming Saturday!


When is it? Where is it?

The event is the Saturday, February 18th from 11:00AM - 1:00PM.


When will Main Street be closed?

Main Street will be closed to cars between Shurs Lane and Green Lane between 9AM - 1:30PM.


Where can I find parking? Can I get to Manayunk without driving?

Although our Main Street parking lots will be inaccessible after 9AM, you can park at the Green Lane lot. We also encourage our parade-goers to use SEPTA (Manayunk-Norristown Line) or a ride-sharing service. Mummer's Mardi Gras has partnered with Lyft, the ride sharing platform, to offer discounted rides to and from the parade on Saturday! New users can use code MMG17 to enjoy $10 off their first ride. The SEPTA Main Street Detour can be found below. Buses will be rerouted to Ridge Ave., so it is best to get off the bus at the Wissahickon Transfer Station and walk into town via Main Street. The weather will be nice, so walking is encouraged.

Route 35: Southbound via Manayunk:
R- Leverington R – Ridge
Regular route

North Bound Via Ridge
Left on Leverington, Right on Umbria
Regular Route

Check SEPTA website/mobile app for updates.


What is the marching order of the String Bands?

  1. Broomall String Band
  2. Ferko String Band
  3. Pennsport String Band
  4. Greater Kensington String Band
  5. Avalon String Band
  6. Greater Overbrook String Band
  7. Uptown String Band
  8. Duffy String Band
  9. Polish American String Band
  10. South Philadelphia String Band
  11. Woodland String Band
  12. Durning String Band
  13. Quaker City String Band
  14. Fralinger String Band
  15. Hegeman String Band
  16. Aqua String Band



Where will the Mummers be performing?

The Mummers will be strutting down Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Lane, with performances at Lock Street, Cotton Street, and Levering Street.


What bars and restaurants will be Mummers Clubhouses?

Here is a list of the bars and restaurants that will be hosting the Mummers String Bands

Bourbon Blue (2 Rector Street): Greater Overbrook String Band

Castle Roxx (105 Shurs Lane): Broomall String Band

Craft Manayunk (4141 Main Street): Aqua String Band

JD McGillicuddy's (111 Cotton Street): Quaker City String Band

Mad River Bar and Grill HEADQUARTERS (4100 Main Street): Duffy String Band, Durning String Band, Ferko String Band, Fralinger String Band, Hegeman String Band, Pennsport String Band, Polish American String Band, South Philadelphia String Band, Uptown String Band, Woodland String Band

Smokin' John's BBQ (4258 Main Street): Avalon String Band


What the heck is "Mummers Headquarters?"

Located at Mad River Bar and Grill (4100 Main Street), this lively hot-spot will serve as a central hub for all things Mummers. Come and stop by for food trucks (The Cow and The Curd, Baby Blues BBQ, and My Four Suns), official merchandise, sponsor tables, a photo booth, and performances from the traditional string bands listed above.



How can I donate to the Mummers?

Thanks for asking! If you wish to kindly donate to the Mummers, just look for the 'bucket brigade' -- 100% of all proceeds go directly to the Mummers! Come and keep the tradition alive!


Parade photography by JPG Photography

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