Newsletter for Friday, Jan. 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Happy New Year, Philly! @mahaviland captured the fireworks over the river.
HAVING PORK AND KRAUT TODAY? HERE’S WHY THE PA DUTCH SAY IT’S GOOD LUCK
There’s nothing quite like New Year’s Day in a Pennsylvania household as the smell of fermented cabbage emanates through the kitchen as you try to nurse your gnarly hangover. And if you’re not from Pennsylvania Dutch land, you may have missed out — or lucked out, depending on your point of view — on this long-standing tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day to ensure good luck in the coming year. Here’s why the Pennsylvania Dutch say the meal is the most important one of the year.
THE DUI THAT MADE DICK CLARK’S CAREER KILLED PHILLY’S BIG NYE EVENT
Many cities have a defined New Year’s Eve celebration. New York City is the obvious one, with Rockin’ New Year’s Eve held in Times Square every year and broadcast nationally. But other major cities have similar big parties. What about Philadelphia? Sure, about 50,000 people come to see fireworks on the Delaware, but nothing stands out as a major tradition. The reasons for the lack of a go-to New Year’s Eve celebration are pretty simple: Dick Clark and the Mummers.
Check out this Philadelphia tradition in all its glory. Bring lawn chairs and post up on Broad Street as the parade begins in the morning and will end in the late afternoon around Broad and Washington. Then, the parties will ensue on Two Street.
Where: Various at Various
When: January 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: Free, if you're sitting along the street
BILLY PENN LIKES
13 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR IN PHILLY MEDIA
It’s been a busy year in Philly media: NBC10’s camera operators went on strike, Channel 3 revamped its lineup and news startups blossomed. Oh, and the region’s largest newsrooms merged with themselves, and promptly laid off a chunk of staff right before Thanksgiving. Here’s Billy Penn’s look at the Year in Philly Journalism.
THE MUMMERS 101: THE SEQUINS AND DRINKING BEHIND THIS PHILLY TRADITION
New Year’s Day is today, so get ready to see a bunch of men (and a few women and children) known as Mummers dressed in regalia befitting an Outkast music video marching through the city as you rise from your alcohol-induced New Year’s Eve slumber. The concept of Mummers and their myriad divisions is difficult to grasp (WTF is the difference between Fancy and Comic?), especially for newcomers. And while a perfectly adequate explanation for Mummerdom is to call it “a Philly thing,” and leave it alone, we won’t stop there. Read this explainer that breaks down one of Philly’s most longstanding traditions.