Despite forecasts of single-digit temps and wind chills below zero, the Mummers Parade will take place as scheduled on Monday. There had been talk about postponing the parade to the following weekend — it's been done in the past, but only for rain or snow. Mummers division heads met Saturday to make the final decision, and by a 3-2 vote decided to go for it. The city will erect five warming tents in the staging area and allow troupes to keep their buses with them on the route, and spectators can find warmth at the Kimmel Center, CAPA and the Dilworth Park cafe.
Pork and sauerkraut is the classic lucky New Year's dish for the Pennsylvania Dutch, which is why so many families from this region eat it on Jan. 1. But there's lots of other cultures represented in Philly that also have good luck New Year's food traditions. We talked with chefs to find lucky dishes from Haiti, Cyprus, the Lowcountry, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic and Korea. Here's a collection of great and unusual recipes you can cook to bring fortune in 2018.
As part of the ongoing Code Blue cold emergency to get people off the streets, the City of Philadelphia has opened a pop-up "warming center" in the Kensington-Fairhill area. Targeted toward the neighborhood's large homeless and/or opioid-addicted community, the shelter in Cione Recreation Center at 2600 Aramingo Ave. will provide hot drinks, blankets and toiletries to those in need, plus mental health and drug and alcohol outreach services. It is slated to stay open through Jan. 2.
If you’re not looking for a parking spot in Philly, you’re talking about how hard it is to find one, or you’re busy hogging a bike lane or crosswalk. Yes, 2017 gave us plenty of parking news. But even better (or worse?), it gave us a lot of parking tweets, videos and photos. Take a look back at some of the best and most cringe-worthy moments.
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After the strut down Broad, a couple progressive Mummers troupes (the Rabble Rousers and the Lobsters) are taking the party back to the neighborhood. A march through Kensington and down Frankford Avenue will culminate in a party outside Philadelphia Brewing Co. and the Lost Bar. Expect outdoor hot cider and cake, and more fun inside. Processions starts at 1 p.m., fest at 4 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Brewing Co. at 2440 Frankford Ave., 19125
When: January 1, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Secret Synth Society Philadelphia has an intimidating sounding name, but if you've always wanted to share your love of noodling around on keyboards, this group is for you. Newcomers are welcome at the monthly meetings, where members show off and share gear, jam, network and have fun. No skill requirements to join.
Where: BridgeSet Sound at 710 South St., 19147
When: January 2, 2018 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Philadelphia Animal Rescue Collaborative will have adoptable dogs on site at this Eraserhood bar, which will offer happy hour deals and a special $7 "Full of Bull" cocktail. Throughout the event, 20% of all sales benefit animal rescue orgs.
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St., 19107
When: January 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
This January will mark a decade since actor Heath Ledger took his own life. The Philadelphia Film Society pays tribute with a showing of one of his early hits, Brian Helgeland's 2001 comedy "A Knight's Tale." If you know it well, even better, because there's a themed Quizzo before the movie, with prizes given out as the credits roll.
Where: Prince Black Box at 1412 Chestnut St., 19102
When: January 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $13; seniors $12