The City of Philadelphia announced they would be taking measures to protect residents from COVID-19 by cancelling all large-scale events and social gatherings through February 2021. Due to these new restrictions implemented from the city, this has resulted in the cancellation of the 2021 Philadelphia Mummers Parade as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our area.
The Philadelphia String Band Association has worked alongside local officials and leaders from all divisions of the parade to fully support the City of Philadelphia’s decision to cancel the 2021 parade in an effort to keep both our participants and spectators safe.
Though we are disheartened by these developments, the String Band Association does not think it would be prudent to have their members and tens of thousands of spectators participate in a parade or any gatherings leading up to or on New Year’s Day in the City of Philadelphia during this pandemic.
The Philadelphia String Band Association, leaders from the other parade divisions and the City of Philadelphia will continue to work together to bring the sights and sounds of the New Year’s Day Parade to Broad Street once it is safe for large gatherings. Our television partner PHL17 is producing a New Year’s Day showcase of past parades that will air on New Year’s Day (Friday 1/1/2021 9 a.m.) for our fans.
During these unprecedented times, the Philadelphia String Band Association is hoping that everyone continues to stay healthy and safe.