Sun, Feb 23
Pull 'dem Golden Slippers out of the closet!
The Seventh Annual Mummers Mardi Gras is back.
This hugely popular celebration of the Mummers String Bands is returning for the second consecutive year to its South Philadelphia roots. The 2020 Mummers Mardi Gras, featuring all 16 Mummers String Bands, will be staged on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 11am to 8pm at XFINITY Live! (1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148).
There will be live string band performances on a large stage under the big screen inside NBC Sports Arena. In addition to the classic sounds of the Mummers String Bands and plenty of strutting, the family friendly event will feature food and drinks at all XFINITY Live! restaurants and vendors including Lorenzo & Son's Pizza, Geno's Steaks, and Chickie's & Pete's. A "Take A Picture with a Mummer" open-air photo booth will be set up for attendees to try on costumes and take photos with Mummers, as well as a 'Build An Umbrella' station for people of all ages to make their very own Mummers umbrella with sequins and feathers. Victory Beer Hall will feature a number of activities, including a polka contest hosted by the Polish American String Band. Inside of PBR Philly, Mummers will be lined up for a 'Bull Riding Contest' to raise more money for the bands.
Joe DeCandido, President of ADVENT, the creators and promoters of Mummers Mardi Gras, is thrilled to be able to stage the celebratory event indoors in such a popular and accessible South Philly venue as XFINITY Live!
"In a short period of time, Mummers Mardi Gras has become a beloved new tradition in Philadelphia,” said DeCandido. “The crowds love the family-friendly event, as do the talented members of all 16 Mummers String Bands. The roots of Mummery can be traced to South Philly, where it all began. We couldn't ask for a better place to showcase the music and pageantry of the Mummers than right in the center of Philadelphia's vibrant sports scene in South Philly with free parking that day. I'd also be remiss if I didn't thank our partners I-Heart Radio and Miller Lite for their invaluable support. All of us involved are thrilled to be able to keep this fun and festive event going and growing in South Philly for years to come."
This annual celebration was conceived by DeCandido as a means to keep Philadelphia’s renowned Mummers tradition alive and well. In recent years, due to cuts to the city’s budget, the Mummers Association has been hard hit economically, causing a reduction in the ranks of Mummers and their performance clubs. Mummers Mardi Gras has raised over $130,000 to date for the String Bands and has provided an up close and personal opportunity for the Mummers to strut with fans of all ages in the place where this century-old Philadelphia tradition first started.
John Pignotti, Jr., President of the Mummers String Band Association, praised the annual Mummers Mardi Gras event.
“It’s no secret that the Mummers String Bands have been hurting for years,” said Pignotti. “We desperately need the support of the Philadelphia community to keep this great tradition alive. We are indebted to ADVENT for creating and producing this wonderful event to help support the Mummers String Bands. To be able to play for folks in our backyard in South Philly is just icing on the cake.”
Mummers Mardi Gras is a ticketed event. Admission is less than $14 per person before taxes and fees and free for children under 3. Strollers are permitted inside XFINITY Live!
DeCandido explained that tickets are required to defray event costs and to ensure that the Mummers String Bands receive as much financial support as possible. Tickets may still be available at XFINITY Live! on the day of the show, but purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged.
1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Xfinity Live! Is Philly’s premier dining and entertainment destination, located in the Wells Fargo Center complex. With multiple dining and entertainment venues there is something for everyone and the perfect spot for Mummers Mardi Gras! Check out all the great things Xfinity Live! Has to offer, including NBC sports arena, Broad St. Bullies, PBR Philly, Victory Beer Hall, 1100 Social, Blue Moon Bar, Chickie's & Pete's, Geno's Steaks, and Lorenzo & Sons Pizza!
Limited seating available, for table service only.
No reservations available for this event
ADVENT is a full service event production and marketing company. In 2014, the company created Mummers Mardi Gras and has since raised over $130,000 for the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association. With a goal to increase fundraising awareness and shine a well deserved light on the longstanding Philadelphia tradition of Mummery, ADVENT continues to work with the Mummers String Band division on this annual fundraising effort.
Councilman Curtis Jones Philadelphia City Council District 4
ADVENT has been instrumental in producing some wonderful events in recent years. Their efforts have attracted tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood who have stimulated the local economy."
I would like to thank ADVENT for their vision and support, bringing the Mummers to help celebrate Mardi Gras in our city. Looking forward to working with this great organization again in the near future."
Congressman Bob Brady
U.S. Representative - 1st Congressional District, Pa
Assistant Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Executive Director, Philadelphia Marathon & Broad Street Run
It has been a pleasure working with ADVENT over the years. Joe DeCandido and his team are the ultimate professionals. They put on a great event that continues to grow and raise more funds year after year."
All photos courtesy of JPG Photo and Video